UAE Tour: Making every second count as crosswinds carve GC on stage 1

ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 21 Joao Almeida of Portugal and Team Deceuninck QuickStep during the 3rd UAE Tour 2021 Stage 1 a 176km stage from Al Dhafra Castle to Al Mirfa UAETour on February 21 2021 in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) during the 3rd UAE Tour 2021 Stage 1 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A number of pre-race favourites conceded minutes in the very first stage of the UAE TourUAE Tour but others still continued to battle for every single second, chasing intermediate sprint bonuses to take an edge over those rivals that did make the front split in the wind fractured stage. 

João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), who could also be helping set themselves up for a tight overall battle at the stage 2 time trial tomorrow, kept the margin between them tight and narrowed the gap to the winner of the echelon strewn stage, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), with intermediate sprint time bonuses on stage 1.

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