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UAE Tour: Mark Cavendish takes sprint win on stage 2

Mark Cavendish (opens in new tab) (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) claimed a storming sprint victory on stage 2 of the UAE Tour (opens in new tab), holding off stage 1 winner Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) in a rapid run to the line at Abu Dhabi breakwater. 

Despite the headwind sprint, Cavendish hit out early and it paid off. He burst into the lead as Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was being led out, and the Irishman then found himself boxed in and unable to sprint. 

Philipsen, in the red leader’s jersey, came up late and and gave Cavendish a good run for his money but the QuickStep-Alpha-Vinyl (opens in new tab) sprinter, making the most of his low aerodynamic position, held on to win by half a wheel. 

Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) claimed the final spot on the podium but there was clear daylight behind Cavendish and Philipsen, who kept the leader's red jersey.

“I’m just happy,” said Cavendish who picked up his second win of the season and the 158th win of his long career, after a stage of the Tour of Oman last week. 

“I knew we could win here but it’s more so the way the team worked today. A third of the team here are first-year pros but today they rode like seasoned professionals. The job was to get me to the final as fresh as possible and they did it so well that I could go for 300-250 metres into a headwind. That’s usually too far, but they delivered me so far I knew I’d have energy to keep it to the line.”

On a day where the wind often threatened but never had an impact on the race, Cavendish’s QuickStep-AlphaVinyl teammates did not take a commanding role as big lead-out trains jostled for the front on the wide boulevards of the final kilometres. However, they got their man to the front when it mattered most. 

Cavendish wasn’t actually in the wheel of his lead-out man Michael Morkov when the Dane hit the front in the final 500 metres, before looking around and peeling off to force Bennett’s lead-out man, Danny van Poppel onto the front. But at that point, Cavendish decided to open up and stormed past through a gap and a slight left-hand bend, which effectively left Bennett trapped on the inside behind his own lead-out. 

Philipsen started sprinting at the same time as Cavendish, thinking along the same lines and finding a way through on the right. He came at Cavendish with high speed and gained on him all the way to the line, but his nemesis from last year’s Tour de France refused to fade and could raise his arms in celebration once again.

How it unfolded

The 176km stage started on the Hudayriat Island off Abu Dhabi, and headed into the desert and suburb of Abu Dhabi before returning for a finish by the nearby Abu Dhabi breakwater. The flat stage profile always lent itself to a full bunch finish, but the wind was up and so was the anticipation of splits and echelons. 

A tailwind accompanied them out of town and the first turn into crosswinds on exposed terrain brought a big surge in pace. Ineos Grenadiers, BikeExchange-Jayco, and Groupama-FDJ helped raise the pace to 65km/h and succeeded in splitting the field, with a group of 30 clipping off the front. 

It didn’t last, and the peloton reformed, but it did flare up again several kilometres later. Once more, a push from a few teams, with the wind now coming from the left, stretched the bunch to breaking point but with no lasting consequences. 

Each surge saw the gap to the day’s early three-man breakaway slashed, before the lulls allowed them to set about rebuilding their advantage. Curiously the break was an all-Gazprom-RusVelo affair, with the Russian team sending Michael Kukrle, Dmitriy Strakhov, and Pavel Kochetkov up the road. They took their lead out to three minutes once things had settled down with 85km to go. 

As he did at the early intermediate sprint, Strakhov crossed first at the second one with 40km to go to extend his lead in the black jersey classification. Soon after, the trio sat up and were absorbed by the peloton. 

From there, the race entered a relaxed phase as they rode into a strong headwind blowing across the exposed Al Jubail island. At one point, the pace was so slow that Philipsen dismounted and started running with his bike alongside the bunch. The organisers might not have appreciated their race leader showing just how slow and uneventful the race was at that point, but it nevertheless went far and wide on social media. 

Things did pick up when the peloton turned onto the coast in the final 15km but it was soon apparent that the wind would have no real impact on the day and that it would be a traditional bunch sprint run-in. 

The four-land boulevard offered ample room for lead-out trains to assemble, and it was Israel-Premier Tech and BikeExchange-Jayco who set up on opposite sides in the final two kilometres. Bora-Hansgrohe then turned up and muscled their way right into the middle of the BikeExchange train, much to the annoyance of Dylan Groenwegen’s men. 

They were all battling for the lead into a sweeping right-hand bend with 1400m to go, and Israel and BikeExchange and Bora-Hansgrohe went side by side into it. 

BikeExchange took it up as Bora-Hansgrohe then moved out to form their own line, but Arnaud Demare’s Groupama-FDJ team then moved up on the left. Meanwhile, Cavendish was being piloted through the middle, eventually settling on Bennett’s wheel as Morkov hit the front.

Morkov looked around, wisely pulled off, and Cavendish thought on his feet, sensing an opportunity. It was a considerable risk, but he clearly had the speed and strength to make it pay.

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 4:20:45
2Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
3Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates
4Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
6Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
7Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
8Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Lotto Soudal
10Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
11Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel-Premier Tech
12Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost
13Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
14Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
15Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar Team
16Danny van Poppel (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
17Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
18Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
19Sean Quinn (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
20Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
21Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
22Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
23Johnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
24Elia Viviani (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
25Fausto Masnada (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo
27Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
28Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
29Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
30Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost
31Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
32Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
33Dario Cataldo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
34João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates
35Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
36Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
37Stan Van Tricht (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
38Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
39Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
40Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel-Premier Tech
41Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
42Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
43Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
44Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
45Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
46Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
47Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma
48Luca Rastelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
49Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
50Jai Hindley (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
51Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
52Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal
53Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
54Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
55David de la Cruz (Spa) Astana Qazaqstan Team
56Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
57Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
58Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
59Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
60Bob Jungels (Lux) AG2R Citroen Team
61Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
62Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
63Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) EF Education-EasyPost
64Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
65Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Bahrain Victorious
66Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM
67Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
68Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana Qazaqstan Team
69Lucas Plapp (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
70George Bennett (NZl) UAE Team Emirates
71Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
72Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
73Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
74Taj Jones (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
75William Barta (USA) Movistar Team
76Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
77Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
78Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
79Julius Johansen (Den) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
80Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
81Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
82Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
83Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo
84Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Movistar Team
85Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
86Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team
87Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
88Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
89Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Team
90Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
91Stijn Steels (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
92Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious
93Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
94Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
95Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco
96Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
97Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe
98Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
99Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
100Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM
101Jakob Egholm (Den) Trek-Segafredo
102Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
103Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
104Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
105Ryan Mullen (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
106Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal
107Damien Howson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco
108Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
109Marc Brustenga (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
110Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
111Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
112Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:00:52
113Campbell Stewart (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:02
114Kelland O’Brien (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:09
115Ethan Vernon (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:01:16
116Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM 0:01:24
117Sam Bewley (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:27
118Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
119Daryl Impey (RSA) Israel-Premier Tech
120Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
121Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:43
122Johan Price Pejtersen (Den) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:53
123Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
124Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers
125Clément Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:03

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 20
2Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 16
3Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 16
4Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates 12
5Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 10
6Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 9
7Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 7
8Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 6
9Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo 5
10Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 4
11Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 3
12Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Lotto Soudal 2
13Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost 1
14Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost 1
15Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 1

Sprint 1 - Al Wathba Camel Track, 63.3km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 8
2Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 5
3Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 3
4Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost 1

Sprint 2 - Yas Marina Circuit, 133.5km
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 8
2Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 5
3Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 3
4Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 1

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education-EasyPost 13:02:15
4UAE Team Emirates
6Bardiani CSF Faizane'
8Lotto Soudal
9Ineos Grenadiers
10Groupama-FDJ Continental
12Team DSM
13Bahrain Victorious
15Israel-Premier Tech
17Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
18AG2R Citroen Team
19Astana Qazaqstan Team
20Movistar Team

General classification after stage 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 9:03:03
2Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:00:04
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00:06
4Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:10
5Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:12
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
7Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo
8Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
9Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:14
10Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:16
11Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
12Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
13Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
14Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco
15Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel-Premier Tech
16Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar Team
17Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
18Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Lotto Soudal
19Danny van Poppel (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
20Ruben Guerreiro (Por) EF Education-EasyPost
21Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
22Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
23Johnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
24Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost
25Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
26Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
27Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
28Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
29Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
30Sean Quinn (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
31Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
32Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo
33Dario Cataldo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
34Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates
35Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
36Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
37Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
38Jai Hindley (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
39Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
40João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates
41Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
42Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
43Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
44Timo Roosen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
45Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
46Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
47Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
48Fausto Masnada (Ita) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
49Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
50Chris Harper (Aus) Jumbo-Visma
51Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) EF Education-EasyPost
52Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo
53Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
54David de la Cruz (Spa) Astana Qazaqstan Team
55Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
56Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
57Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
58Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
59Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
60Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Astana Qazaqstan Team
61Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
62Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
63Luka Mezgec (Slo) BikeExchange-Jayco
64Sergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Movistar Team
65Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
66Marc Brustenga (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
67Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana Qazaqstan Team
68Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
69Shane Archbold (NZl) Bora-Hansgrohe
70Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
71Julius Johansen (Den) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
72Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel-Premier Tech
73Stan Van Tricht (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
74Bob Jungels (Lux) AG2R Citroen Team
75Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
76William Barta (USA) Movistar Team
77George Bennett (NZl) UAE Team Emirates
78Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
79Simon Pellaud (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
80Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
81Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
82Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team
83Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Bahrain Victorious
84Luca Rastelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
85Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Movistar Team
86Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
87Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
88Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
89Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious
90Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
91Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ
92Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
93Taj Jones (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
94Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
95Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
96Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
97Jakob Egholm (Den) Trek-Segafredo
98Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Movistar Team
99Ryan Mullen (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
100Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
101Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM
102Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix
103Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal
104Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
105Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
106Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:00:34
107Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:35
108Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM
109Lucas Plapp (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
110Alex Dowsett (GBr) Israel-Premier Tech 0:01:08
111Stijn Steels (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
112Campbell Stewart (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:18
113Kelland O’Brien (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:25
114Ethan Vernon (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:01:32
115Damien Howson (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:38
116Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM 0:01:40
117Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 0:01:41
118Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:43
119Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:59
120Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:09
121Daryl Impey (RSA) Israel-Premier Tech 0:02:22
122Johan Price Pejtersen (Den) Bahrain Victorious 0:03:33
123Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
124Sam Bewley (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:03:46
125Clément Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:19

Point classificatiion
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 36
2Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 32
3Mark Cavendish (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 20
4Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 16
5Pascal Ackermann (Ger) UAE Team Emirates 13
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 12
7Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 12
8Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 12
9Emils Liepins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo 11
10Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 10
11Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 10
12Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) BikeExchange-Jayco 9
13Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 7
14Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6
15Tom Devriendt (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 5
16Matteo Malucelli (Ita) Gazprom-Rusvelo 5
17Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar Team 4
18Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Lotto Soudal 2
19Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost 1
20Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost 1
21Luca Rastelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1
22Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 1

Sprint classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 32
2Michael Kukrle (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo 10
3Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 10
4Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo 7
5Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6
6Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost 1
7Luca Rastelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 1
8Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 1

Young rider classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 9:03:03
2Xandres Vervloesem (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:14
3Olav Kooij (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:16
4Max Kanter (Ger) Movistar Team
5Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
6Johnatan Cañaveral Vargas (Col) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
7Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-EasyPost
8Robert Stannard (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
9Jonathan Milan (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
10Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
11Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
12Sean Quinn (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
13Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
14Mathias Vacek (Cze) Gazprom-Rusvelo
15Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
16Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
17Jai Hindley (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
18João Almeida (Por) UAE Team Emirates
19Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM
20Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe
21Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
22Vadim Pronskiy (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
23Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-EasyPost
24Paul Lapeira (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
25Marc Brustenga (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
26Stefan De Bod (RSA) Astana Qazaqstan Team
27Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Qazaqstan Team
28Samuele Zoccarato (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
29Julius Johansen (Den) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
30Stan Van Tricht (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
31William Barta (USA) Movistar Team
32Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM
33Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (Col) Bahrain Victorious
34Luca Rastelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
35Clément Berthet (Fra) AG2R Citroen Team
36Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
37Filip Maciejuk (Pol) Bahrain Victorious
38Mathias Norsgaard (Den) Movistar Team
39Taj Jones (Aus) Israel-Premier Tech
40Jakob Egholm (Den) Trek-Segafredo
41Niklas Märkl (Ger) Team DSM
42Jarrad Drizners (Aus) Lotto Soudal
43Kaden Groves (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:00:34
44Lucas Plapp (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:35
45Campbell Stewart (NZl) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:18
46Kelland O’Brien (Aus) BikeExchange-Jayco 0:01:25
47Ethan Vernon (GBr) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:01:32
48Joris Nieuwenhuis (Ned) Team DSM 0:01:40
49Johan Price Pejtersen (Den) Bahrain Victorious 0:03:33
50Mikkel Bjerg (Den) UAE Team Emirates
51Clément Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:05:19

Team classification
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Education-EasyPost 27:09:57
5AG2R Citroen Team
6UAE Team Emirates
8Bardiani CSF Faizane'
9Ineos Grenadiers
11Lotto Soudal
13Astana Qazaqstan Team
14Groupama-FDJ Continental
15Movistar Team
17Team DSM
18Bahrain Victorious
18Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
20Israel-Premier Tech

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Patrick Fletcher
Patrick Fletcher

Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.

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