Pogacar comes through crosswinds, a sprint, and a late puncture to extend UAE Tour lead

UAE Tour 2022 - 4th Edition - 5th stage Ras al Khaimah Corniche - Al Marjan Island 182 km - 24/02/2022 - Tadej Pogacar (SLO - UAE Team Emirates) - photo Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) takes the podium at the end of an unexpectedly eventful stage 5 (Image credit: Luca Bettini/SprintCyclingAgency 2022)

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.

In the end, the results sheet would show that, with Alpecin-Fenix's Jasper Philipsen once again triumphing in a mass sprint finish, but the preceding 182 kilometres wasn't such a straightforward day out, least of all for race leader Tadej Pogačar.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


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As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.