British driver Mark Cavendish was crowned the champion of the second stage of the UAE Tour 2022, after a fierce competition with Belgian Jasper Philipsen.
The UAE Tour 2022 is the only global race in the Middle East on the agenda of the International Cycling Union, which is being held in its fourth edition, organized by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, through 7 stages, and will continue until February 26.
Cavendish, 37, a Belgian Quick Step rider and a former world champion, succeeded in winning the second stage title, which was held in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on Monday, after covering the race of 176 km in a time of 4 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds.
Cavendish overtook the Belgian Jasper Philipsen, the Alpecin Phoenix rider, who came in second place, after he had won the first stage in Madinat Zayed in the Al Dhafra region, while the German Pascal Eckermann, the UAE team rider, and the Dutchman Olaf Kouig, the Jumbo-Visma rider, came in third place. And in fifth place is the French team cyclist, Groupama, Arnaud Demar.
Jasper Philipsen retained the red, green and white shirts for the general classification leader, the leader in points, and the best young rider under the age of 23 after the end of the second stage.
Russian Dmitriy Strakhov also kept the black shirt, designated for the middle speed stage, for the second day in a row.
Philipsin continued his lead in the general classification of the circumnavigation after the end of the second stage with a total time of 9:03:03 hours, 4 seconds ahead of Russian Gazprom rider Dmitry Strakhov, who took second place in the standings, while Mark Cavendish rose to third place in the general classification by winning the stage. second, 6 seconds behind Phillipsin.
Irish Sam Bennett, rider of the Bora Hansgrohe team, slipped to fourth place, and Pascal Eckermann of Germany advanced to fifth, and Italian Elia Viviani, rider Ineos, came sixth, 12 seconds behind the leader in the standings.
Philipsen also topped the overall standings in points, after raising his score to 36 points, 4 points ahead of Strakhov. Cavendish came third in the points standings with 20 points, followed by Sam Bennett with 16 points, and Pascal Eckermann with 13 points.
“I was sure I could win here in Abu Dhabi and even though a third of the team are making their debuts as professionals in a World Tour race, the race for them was the first or second of their cycling career,” said Mark Cavendish, Stage Two Champion. They drove very professionally and had a great sense of teamwork.”
“My job was to get to the last meters in front as comfortably as possible, and my teammates helped me do that so well that I was able to go full speed in the last 300 metres, despite the headwinds.”
And he concluded: “Of course, I am happy to beat Jasper Philipsen in the last minute, and I am even more happy with my victory here in Abu Dhabi, especially since I am closely associated with the Emirati capital, which I consider my second home.”
Jasper Phillipssen, overall leader in the Tour, said: “I lost some speed today and was very far in the last kilometer, but I pushed as hard as I could to get to the finish line. But he was the fastest to reach the finish line.”
He concluded: “I may be a little disappointed that I did not win the second stage, but in the end it is a good result at the top of the Tour, and I will try to win and fight for the Tour title in the next stages.”
On Tuesday, the third stage of the Emirates Tour will be held with a race against the clock for a distance of 9 km, which is a speed stage across the roads of the Emirate of Ajman, as each cyclist seeks during this stage to achieve the fastest time within the specified distance for the race.
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