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UAE Tour stage 5 - Live coverage


Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stager 5 of the UAE Tour.

As the Cyclingnews virtual blimp takes height, the riders are on their way north from the Fujairah International Marine Club towards Jebel Jais, the highest climb in the UAE at 1491 metres.

There are 150km left to race.

Before the mountain finish, the riders face a ride through the desert and over several gradual climbs. 

We have a brave, solo breakaway attempt by AG2R rider Mathias Frank. 

The race is already into the spectacular rocky mountains but the stage  follows a valley route. 

The peloton is riding steady, aware that the mountain finish will create a hard finale.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) extended his overall lead at the UAE Tour on stage 3, outfoxing Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) at the summit of Jefel Hafeet after surviving a string of blistering accelerations from the British climber.

Frank is bravely pushing on alone out front. He is 3:20 ahead of the peloton.

On Wednesday Sam Bennett (DeceuninckQuickStep) won the sprint stage with a superb final move along the barriers.

This video from Israel Start-Up Nation shows the weather is cloudy and cooler today. It is currently 25C, with cooler temperatures expected up at the finish. 

Frank was first to the intermediate sprint but David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) fought hard to win the sprint for second place in defence of his green jersey. 


Roger Kluge (Lotto Soudal) opens a small gap over the peloton and briefly looks as though he might bridge across to Frank, but the German is brought back swiftly. Meanwhile, Frank's advantage on the bunch has dropped to 32 seconds.  


UAE Team Emirates sit at the head of the peloton on behalf of Pogacar, and they are content to allow Frank augment his buffer all over again. The gap is back out to 1:45 with 123km to go. 


The general classification, incidentally, was as follows ahead of today's stage:

And now it's déjà vu all over again at the head of the race. When the speed abates after the Greipel attack, Kluge again finds himself alone between Frank and the peloton. Frank's advantage, meanwhile, has stretched back out above one minute.




Luke Rowe and Andrey Amador take up the pacemaking at the head of the peloton for Ineos Grenadiers, 1:44 down on the leaders. Pogacar and UAE Team Emirates might well be content to allow this breakaway some leeway, but Adam Yates and Ineos want the stage win - and the time bonuses - to remain within reach.


Today's finale at Jebel Jais doesn't appear as obviously selective as Jebel Hafeet, where Pogacar and Yates finished clear of the rest on Tuesday. The UAE Tour last visited Jebel Jais in 2019, with eventual overall winner Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) sprinting to victory at the summit from a splintering group of a dozen or so riders.  


Luke Rowe and Andrey Amador set the pace at the head of the peloton for Ineos, while delegations from Joao Almeida's Deceuninck-QuickStep and EF Education-Nippo sit behind them. 

The route of the 2021 Giro d'Italia was unveiled yesterday, and the course features a return to the strade bianche of Tuscany, the lesser-used Sutrio side of the Zoncolan and a fearsome tappone to Cortina with 5,700m of climbing that includes the Fedaia, Pordoi and Giau. A full route overview is here, while a closer look at some of the key stages is here.

In the more immediate future, the Belgian season gets underway with Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, followed by Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne the following day. Patrick Fletcher has picked out some of the riders to watch this Opening Weekend here


Amador and Rowe continue to lead the peloton on behalf of Yates, with the break's advantage steady at around the three-minute mark.

The day's final climb to Jebel Jais is long at 21.1km, but not as obviously difficult as Jabel Hafeet, with an average gradient of 5.4%. The toughest sections come nearer the summit, with the final 2.6km averaging 7.1% as the road climbs to just shy of 1500m above sea level.


Adam Yates is 43 seconds behind Pogacar in the overall standings, and he acknowledged at the start that the final climb might provide the terrain to make up that deficit. “On the last climb, Jabel Hafeet [on stage 3[, I tried pretty much everything to try to drop him, and it proved tricky… Today’s going to be a bit more difficult because the climb’s not as hard. It’s longer but it’s not as hard, so it’s easier to stay on the wheel.”


Ineos continue to set the pace at the head of the bunch and their efforts are beginning to shave some seconds off the break's advantage. Despite the presence of men like Dowsett and De Gendt, it's hard to manage these escapees will amass enough of a buffer to hold off the chasers on the climb to Jebel Jais.



While Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates begin their Tour de France preparation here, Egan Bernal is continuing his build-up towards the Giro d'Italia in Europe. The Colombian began his season at Etoile de Besseges and the Tour de la Provence, and he was in Italy at the weekend to reconnoitre the Alpe di Mera summit finish ahead of this year's Giro. “It’s a race I’ve wanted to ride for a long time, since the first year I came to Italy to ride for the Androni team. I’m very happy to be riding it this year,” Bernal said in a video message at yesteday's presentation. Read more here.



The gap drops inside two minutes, with Ganna still in situ at the head of the peloton. UAE Team Emirates and the red jersey of Tadej Pogacar are tucked in behind Ganna and Amador, just ahead of the rest of the Ineos squad. 

Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is also posted towards the head of the peloton with plenty of teammates around him. The Portuguese rider is 1:03 off Pogacar and 20 seconds down on Yates' second place in the overall standings.





Five riders remain in front, with a lead of 1:55 over the bunch: De Gendt, Golstein, Colleoni, Frank and Lutsenko.

Filippo Ganna's day's work is done. The Italian swings over and now it's UAE Team Emirates who take over at the front, with Mikkel Bjerg setting the tempo.



Three riders now remain at the head of the race - Goldstein, De Gendt and Lutsenko - and their lead has been shaved back again to two minutes. Ineos' pace-making is also beginning to whittle down the peloton, with the non-climbers beginning to sit up and form a gruppetto with a shade under 18km still to come.




Lutsenko, alone at the front, is still climbing in the big ring on these relatively shallow lower slopes. Rivera and Martinez sit on the front of the peloton, 1:28 behind. Adam Yates is latched onto Pogacar's wheel a little further back.


The peloton is picking off the remants of the break, with Frank and Colleoni the next riders to be swept up. Goldstein will be the next man to be reeled in. De Gendt is still somewhere between the bunch and the lone leader Lutsenko.



Thomas De Gendt, meanwhile, has been swept up by the red jersey group. Lutsenko is now the only rider left out in front. 



Rivera has put in a long, long shift on the front since Sosa was dropped. Dani Martinez is sitting on the youngster's wheel, while Adam Yates is a little further back in the peloton, tucked in behind the red jersey Pogacar.

Pogacar, incidentally. still has four UAE Team Emirates teammates for company on this climb, and they've been able to allow Ineos perform all of the pace-making so far to boot.  


Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma) is still sitting quite comfortably in this red jersey group. The Australian began the day in 4th overall, 1:43 behind Pogacar. 


The gradient has yet to truly bite, mind, with Lutsenko and his pursuers still pedalling in the big ring. 1:01 the gap with 6.5km to go.







Lutsenko is 16 seconds ahead of Nibali, who remains committed to his attack, while Vanhoucke is struggling to make up the ground to join him. 


Joao Almeida accelerates in the red jersey group, and the Portugese rider's move does for Nibali, Poels et al, as Sepp Kuss reacts and drags the red jersey group up to them. 


Lutsenko looks over his shoulder with 600 metres to go and he sees Jonas Vingegaard bridging across with intent. Almeida leads the red jersey group a little further behind... 

Vingegaard catches Lutsenko with just under 300 metres to go. He goes to the front and Lutsenko latches onto his wheel... Meanwhile, the red jersey group is breaking up behind...

Correction, it's Jonas Vingegaard who has bridged across to Lutsenko... He kicks for home with a little over 100m to go, and the Kazakhstani can't follow...

Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 5 of the UAE Tour.

Behind, Sergio Higuita accelerated forcefully in the final kilometre, bringing Pogacar and Yates with him. They came past the flagging Lutsenko within sight of the line, with Pogacar taking second on the stage, 3 seconds behind Vingegaard. Yates was third, while Higuita was a further two seconds back in fourth.

Joao Almeida took 5th on the stage at 6 seconds, just ahead of the impressive Nicholas Schultz (BikeExchange), who had attempted to forge across to Vingegaard and Lutsenko in that frantic last kilometre.


General classification

Jonas Vingegaard (JUmbo-Visma) won on Jebel Jais at the UAE Tour

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Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) describes his victory: "I think I timed it quite well. I was thinking it was going a bit easy in the peloton at that point, they were slowing a bit down, and I was thinking maybe I can try. And then I saw him in front on the road. I think he did a last effort to keep me behind. Luckily for me I was able top catch and also to beat him in the sprint. I’m very, very happy. This is a big victory for me.

The 24-year-old Vingegaard is in his third season as a professional, and this is his second WorldTour win after he beat Pavel Sivakov, Jai Hindley and Sergio Higuita to the line in Kościelisko on the 2019 Tour de Pologne. The Dane made his Grand Tour debut last year, helping Primoz Roglic to overall victory at the Vuelta a España. España. "Of course, I’m still there to help Primoz every time I ride with him," he says. "He’s a fantastic rider and for sure he’s the captain of the team."

Tadej Pogacar won the sprint for second place to keep the overall lead

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Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) celebrates his win

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Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) made a late attack from the peloton on the climb to Jebel Jais

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Alpecin-Fenix have announced that Gianni Vermeersch and Jonas Rickaert, the two riders who remained quaratined in the United Arab Emirates after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, have been given the green light to return to Belgium.

A full report, results and pictures from today's stage are available here.

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