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Who will win the final flat stage?

ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 21 LR Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and Team AlpecinFenix red leader jersey Olav Kooij of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma Pascal Ackermann of Germany and UAE Team Emirates Mark Cavendish of United Kingdom and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl and Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama FDJ sprint to win during the 4th UAE Tour 2022 Stage 2 a 176km stage from Hudayriyat Island to Abu Dhabi Breakwater UAETour WorldTour on February 21 2022 in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 6 of the UAE Tour.

As we join the action and the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, the riders face a further flat 90km. 

The 180km stage visits different parts of Dubai today. It started at the Expo site, visits the Atlantis island after a loop through the city and then finishes back at the Expo site.   

We're expecting a rip-roaring sprint finish. It will be the fourth and final sprint before Saturday's mountain finish.

Yet again there is an early breakways packed with Gazprom riders as they look to secure the black jersey for Dmitry Strakhov. 

With no cross winds, the peloton has been happy for the attackers to stay up the road, with just a rider from Alpecin-Fenix, QuickStep and UAE leading the peloton to keep the gap under control.

The only climbs of the day are the highway bridges and fly overs. 

The steady pace gives the riders time to enjoy the Dubai skyline.

The six attackers jumped away as soon as the stage started. 

The six attackers are: 

The race is now passing down the seven-lane Sheikh Zayed Road. It is lined by skyscrapers. 

The many traffic lights are red but the race cruises through them.

The riders will soon reach the Dubai beach front.  

They will head out to the Atlantis for the final intermediate sprint and then return to the Expo for the finish.

With 65km to go, the gap to the break is 1:15. 

Jasper Philipsen is chasing a third sprint win today. He impressed yesterday.  

The fifth stage of the UAE Tour, as was the case with the opening two, figured to be another largely straightforward day for the sprinters, barring some dicing in the wind.

"Not a reason to panic. It happens," Pogačar said after the finish, when just seven kilometres earlier he had to chase back on to a peloton in full flight following a rear wheel puncture at seven kilometres to go.

Click below to read our story on Pogacar's day out.

55km to race 

They're preparing for the ride out to the Atlantis, when the sea breeze could be a problem.

The intermediate sprint comes with 44km to go.

The riders will soon turn right and head out to the  Atlantis hotel on the edge of the spectacular Palm Jumeirah. 

The peloton can see the Atlantis hotel and will soon dive into the tunnel to cross to the island.

As expected, Strakhov won the intermediate sprint to extend his lead in the black jersey intermediate sprint competition. 

He has scored 16 points today but has little chance of beating Philipsen at the stage finish and so seems set to finish second in the green jersey competition. 

35km to go

The pace is increasing the peloton as QuickStep and Alpecin lead the chase of the six attackers.

The riders are about to leave the seafront skyline to head towards the Expo.

The six riders are refusing to give up their hopes of a stage victory.

15km to go

Ineos have riders up front too but the peloton is not yet in sprint mode, with teams in formation.

8km to go

Finally the pace increases as Bora help the chase. 

Gazprom have three riders in the attack and so they are going for it. 

5Km to go

The peloton is riding 5km/h faster but it is perhaps not enough. 

3km to go

These are the six up front. Who will win the stage? 

We could even see late attacks from the breakaway.

Last Km! 

The six are looking at each other. 

Sprint between the six!

Gazprom win it! 

The peloton finish 15 seconds behind. 

There is a crash in the peloton. 

Mathias Vacek is confirmed as the stage winner.

That's a big win for 19-year-old Mathias Vacek. It's a WorldTour win.

Mathias Vacek wins stage 6 of the UAE Tour

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That was a surprise result but Mathias Vacek and Gazprom deserved it.

It will be an interesting de-brief in the sprinters' teams and the peloton as they discuss how they failed to catch the break by just 15 seconds. 

These are the top ten results:

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Stage results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 3:58:10
2Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen
3Dmitry Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
4Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizane
5Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
6Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:15
7Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
8Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates
9Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel-Premier Tech
10Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
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General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 22:16:02
2Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:04
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:14
4Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:17
5Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Easypost 0:00:26
6Joao Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:30
7Pello Bilbao (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:37
8Oscar Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar 0:00:40
9Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-Easypost 0:00:42
10Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM 0:00:49

This is the sprint to the line. 

Strakhov played a smart sprint, perhaps fooling his rivals that he was the protected rider. 

Philipsen won the sprint behind but was only sixth., scoring few points. 

This is a huge win for 19-year-old neo-pro Mathias Vacek.

Here is another shot of Mathias Vacek winning the sprint.  

The 180km stage toured the Dubai skyline.

These were the six winners today. They gave their all to make sure the break stayed away.

The peloton eased after visiting the Atlantis hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, allowing the break to stay away.

This is the bunch sprint but only for sixth place.

Philipsen won the sprint and so scored enough points to keep his green jersey.

Philipsen has 76 points but Strahkov has 69 points. 

Strahkov has already done enough to win the intermediate sprints competition but could also take the green jersey. 

Click below to read our full stage report and to see the results and our growing photo gallery.

Thanks for joining us for our live coverage from the UAE Tour.

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