UAE Tour: Major GC shake-up on stage 1

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) celebrates victory at the UAE Tour
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Crosswinds and echelons played a major part on stage 1 of the UAE Tour with several pre-race GC leaders already ruled out of the race for the leader's jersey.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won the stage to Al Mirfa and could yet play a major role in the overall standings towards the back end of the race, but in reality only João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious), Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma), Neilson Powless (EF Education-Nippo), and the defending champion Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) now have genuine chances of competing for the final podium.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.