In this combo photo, Tadej Pogacar celebrates after winning the UAE Tour, from Al Jahili Fort to Jebel Hafeet, on Saturday. AFP
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) has won the fourth edition of the UAE Tour, the one and only UCI World Tour race in the Middle East, organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) complete the final podium.
Pogacar has won Stage 7, the Mubadala Stage, 148km from Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet, ahead of Yates and Bilbao.
Tadej Pogacar (C), Adam Yates (C-L) and Pello Bilbao pose on the podium after the UAE cycling tour. AFP
The Slovenian entered the final stage with a four second lead over Filippo Ganna. But the Italian's Ineos team-mate Yates was the most realistic challenger.
Pogacar crossed the line a second ahead of Yates, with Spaniard Pello Bilbao of Bahrain Victorious finishing third five seconds back.
Speaking after winning the race, Pogacar said: "I am super happy to take a win at Jebel Hafeet for a third time. It suits me well.
Tadej Pogacar competes during stage 7 of the UAE cycling tour, from Al Jahili Fort to Jebel Hafeet. AFP
“We were riding for the stage win today, Joao [Almeida] tried to attack to steal the win but Adam [Yates] was very strong and covered it. Then we switched focus to the sprint.
“At one moment I was really suffering but luckily Adam slowed down too. Winning the UAE Tour was a really big goal for the team. I'm super proud and very happy, thanks to everyone for their support,” he added.
Boosting hopes of winning the title, the UAE Emirates star Tadej Pogacar claimed the victory atop Jebel Hafeet on Stage 3 - the Strata Stage - beating Ineos Grenadiers’s Adam in a two-man sprint while Colombian national champion Sergio Higuita
A powerful bunch was still together as the 181-kilometre fourth stage slogged up Jebel Jais, the highest point in the Emirates.
A 13.2km time trial will get the 109th edition of the Tour De France underway, before the riders eventually roll into the mountains and push their bodies and physical capabilities to the absolute limit.
Babar took to his social media account and wrote, “Overwhelmed with the love and support here in Hyderabad.” Shaheen Shah Afridi also lauded the Indians for their warm reception for the Pakistani cricketers.
The camp, organised by The Flying DAF Squash Academy with the support of Dubai Sports Council and the UAE Squash Association, was divided into two phases at the J-Club, at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, with the objective of positioning Dubai as a global base for the sport.
The details of the agreement were disclosed during a press conference held at the Al Nasr Club headquarters in Dubai on Tuesday.