UAE Tour

Stage 2) Hatta - Hatta Dam

AE United Arab Emirates, Monday 24 February 2020
168 km

UAE Tour: Bennett runner-up on Hatta Dam

UAE Tour: Bennett runner-up on Hatta Dam

Stage 2 of the UAE Tour recalibrated the general classification, at the end of a 168km-long day that took the peloton from Hatta, through the Hajar Mountains, and onto the brutal Hatta Dam climb. This challenging 200m hill, with slopes ranging from 12% to 17%, was where many riders hit a wall and found themselves dropped, while the victory played out between two men.

One of these was Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Sam Bennett, who was brought to the front by the experienced Michael Mørkøv, after Pieter Serry made sure of reeling in the two late attackers in the run-in to the ascent. The Irish Champion, already victorious in two races this season, kicked out with 175 meters to go and opened a gap over the fragmented peloton, but was passed in the final meters by Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal), who took both the win and the leader’s jersey.

For Bennett, it was the fifth podium of the year, but more importantly, Monday’s result, scored on a tough finish were even the punchers struggled, confirmed his strong condition and showed that a victory at the UAE Tour might be just around the corner.

“I don’t know what I did in the last 50 meters, but I checked right and I rode into the barrier for a split second and that gave Caleb a bike length. I kicked again and did a good effort, but I couldn’t come back. I did everything that was possible today and even though I’m not satisfied with the result, I look on the bright side of things, and that’s the legs I had on this hard climb”, said Sam, who made a huge jump in the general classification, where he now sits in second place.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
4:18:16
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
3 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:04
4 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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5 Rick Zabel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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6 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
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7 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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9 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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23 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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29 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:34
87 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:11
96 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
7:47:19
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
3 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
0:16
4 Nikolay Cherkasov
Gazprom - RusVelo
0:17
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
0:19
6 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
0:20
7 Andrea Vendrame
AG2R La Mondiale
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8 Rick Zabel
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
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10 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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36 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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42 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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81 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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85 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:27
94 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
36 pt
2 Veljko Stojnić
Vini Zabù - KTM
29 pt
3 Leonardo Tortomasi
Vini Zabù - KTM
21 pt
4 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
5 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
6 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
7 Rudy Barbier
Israel Start-Up Nation
12 pt
8 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
11 pt
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
9 pt
10 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
9 pt
1 Nikolay Cherkasov
Gazprom - RusVelo
7:47:36
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:03
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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4 Stefan de Bod
NTT Pro Cycling
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5 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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7 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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8 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
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9 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
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10 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
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1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:22:55
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:02
3 Mitchelton-Scott ,,
4 BORA - hansgrohe ,,
5 Trek - Segafredo ,,
6 Astana Pro Team ,,
7 AG2R La Mondiale ,,
8 Team Sunweb 0:26
9 Movistar Team 0:28
10 CCC Team 0:32

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