UAE Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 4, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains chief’s jersey

UAE Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage 4, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains chief’s jersey

Bennett, driving for Deceuninck-Fast-Step, beat David Dekker, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani on the finish of the 204-kilometre stage that began and ended on the vacationer resort of Marjan Island.

UAE Tour: Sam Bennett wins stage four, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retains leader's jersey

Sam Bennett celebrates after successful stage 4 of the UAE Tour. AP

Marjan Island: Irish rider Sam Bennett claimed the sprinting honours with a fiftieth profession win on the fourth stage of the UAE Tour on Wednesday as Slovenian Tadej Pogacar retained the chief’s purple jersey.

Bennett, driving for Deceuninck-Fast-Step, beat David Dekker, Caleb Ewan and Elia Viviani on the finish of the 204-kilometre stage that began and ended on the vacationer resort of Marjan Island.

“It feels good to win my first dash of the season,” stated the 30-year-old who gained the Tour de France dash inexperienced jersey in 2020.

“I used to be actually nervous earlier than the dash as a result of it was the primary quick bunch end of the yr for me.”

Pogacar, of UAE Workforce Emirates, retains a 43-second cushion over British Ineos Grenadiers rider Adam Yates within the normal classification.

“It was a reasonably lengthy and sizzling day within the saddle,” stated Tour de France champion Pogacar.

“It was a disgrace that our sprinter Fernando Gaviria did not win, however we’ve got one other alternative tomorrow,” he added, referring to Thursday’s fifth stage which ends at Jebel Jais, for the second summit end of the occasion.

Poacar was already focussed on clinching the Tour itself, which could possibly be achieved Thursday on the culminating 21km climb, with Yates and third-placed Joao Almeida nonetheless lurking shut sufficient to punish any slip by the Slovenian.

“The subsequent stage goes to be tremendous exhausting. Everyone knows how sturdy Adam Yates is. I hope to have good legs once more,” added Pogacar.

4-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome can also be on the occasion, albeit in a bid to boost his health and get to know his new teammates at Israel Begin-Up Nation.

“That is the subsequent step in my preparations to be prepared for the Tour de France,” Froome stated Saturday. He then advised the British day by day the Guardian this week: “I clearly have an extended strategy to go.”

The 35-year-old winner of seven Grand Excursions sits in forty third, 14mins and 59sec off the tempo.

Italian veteran Vincenzo Nibali — the one different lively rider within the peloton to have gained all three Grand Excursions — can also be warming up for the Grand Tour season and sits in 18th place, 10min 42sec behind Pogacar.

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