Results report 3rd UAE tour
22.02.2021 | (rsn) – Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) lived up to expectations and won the fight against the clock at the UAE Tour as time trial world champion wearing a rainbow jersey. With an average speed of 55.9 km / h, he completed the 13-kilometer, flat individual time trial on Al Hudayriat Island in 13:56 minutes. He displaced the Swiss Stefan Bissegger (EF Education – Nippo), who had been on the hot seat of the best of the times for a long time, by 14 seconds to second place. Third place went to Dane Mikkel Bjerg (UAE Team Emirates), 21 seconds behind.
In the overall standings, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) took the lead and the red jersey from the first winner Mathieu van der Poel, who did not compete in the time trial, whose Alpecin – Fenix team left the UAE Tour in the morning due to a positive corona test with a team member would have.
Pogacar set the fourth fastest time on Al Hudayriat Island and was only 24 seconds slower than time trial world champion Ganna. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), who finished sixth in the time trial but only lost six seconds to Pogacar, is now runner-up. Almeida is therefore only two seconds behind the Slovenian. Almeida’s team-mate Mattia Cattaneo took third place in the overall standings, 18 seconds behind. Defending champion Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) is already 39 seconds behind Pogacar in fifth overall.
The best German in the time trial of Al Hudayriat Island was Max Walscheid (Qhubeka Assos), who finished seventh, 32 seconds behind Ganna. Austrian time trial champion Matthias Brändle (Israel Start-Up Nation) was six seconds slower than Walscheid and finished tenth.