UAE Team Emirates 'expect war every day' at the Tour de France

UAE Team Emirates working for Tadej Pogacar on stage 7 of the Tour de France
UAE Team Emirates working for Tadej Pogacar on stage 7 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

German climber Lennard Kämna looked well set to claim a second career Tour de France victory as he raced into the final 2km of La Super Planche des Belles Filles, the strongest survivor from the breakaway holding a lead of 50 seconds on the chasing peloton.

However, the 25-year-old wouldn't raise his arms at the line as he did in Villard-de-Lans two years ago, with UAE Team Emirates charging to the summit behind. It was their team and race leader, Tadej Pogačar, who swept past with his Tour rival Jonas Vingegaard, ending Kämna's dream within 100 metres of the line.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

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.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

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 Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix