UAE Tour ST6
February 24th – March 3rd
FRIDAY, 01 MAR 2019
Ajman – Jabel Jais, 180km. Mountain stage with first part being flat.
Unlike the other sunny days, today there is some light rain at the start, with heavy winds during the whole stage. Today is last chance for the GC contenders to take some time on opposition, so from the start there was interesting break that formed with yesterday’s winner Viviani, his teammate Morkov joined by our Tratnik and Sieberg and 3 more riders. The pace of the race was high and there was an early crash, but everyone managed to come back to the peloton. 15km to go there was only 3 riders left in breakway and our Tratnik even attached the other two riders. For few kilometers he looked confident in his lead, but other two caught up and then Tratnik cracked and got caught by peloton 3km to go. The CCC rider Rosskopf got caught 1.5km to go and in the spring current red jersey leader Roglic won the stage.
Our SD Gorazd Stangelj said: We’ve been out of the GC, so the stage was good for going in the breakaway, unfortunately, big teams behind pull very hard to bring breakaway back. We tried, we would be happier if Caruso could join breakaway, but he still feels pain from stage 3 crash, and he couldn’t attack from the start. We are progressing, due to the crash on stage 3 we lost GC otherwise we would be top 10, I’m sure about that. Now we are far away from that. Tomorrow another flat stage and we’ll try with Phil again.”
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