BORA-hansgrohe favourites maintain a good position for the overall classification after peloton tackles UAE Tour’s difficult stage 2
Sprinters or climbers – the outcome of today’s second day of the UAE Tour 2020 was uncertain from the start. The 168 km long stage around Hatta was played out on mostly rolling to hilly terrain with a finale on the short but steep Hatta Dam climb with its gradients up to 17% on the last metres right before the finish line. With Pascal Ackermann leading the general classification after yesterday’s opening victory, BORA-hansgrohe managed to control the race and helped to catch the last escapee of the day, Leonardo Tortomasi, with 23 kilometres to go. The difficult last kilometres saw a duel between the puncheurs and the fast men with the better end for the latter. Caleb Ewan won a tricky and tough finale and took over the lead in the general classification from Pascal Ackermann who reached the finish with the grupetto. Best BORA-hansgrohe riders were Rafal Majka and Patrick Konrad who crossed the line as 16th and 17th.
01 C.Ewan 4h18’16”
02 S.Bennett + 0:02
03 A.Démare + 0:04
16 R.Majka s.t.
17 P.Konrad s.t.
25 E.Buchmann s.t.
From the finish line
"Today was a really tough day in the saddle. I had some problems with the heat and didn’t feel very well but I still tried to go for a good result. Unfortunately, the pace in the final was too fast for me that’s why I couldn't keep up with the front group on the long climb ten kilometres before the finish line. When I got dropped, I took it a bit easier to save energy for the upcoming stages. I would like to thank my teammates for supporting me, I’ll do my best to get back on the winning track again." – Pascal Ackermann
"Our strategy today was to either support Pascal Ackermann in a potential sprint finish or Gregor Mühlberger in a more difficult finale. Gregor likes steep, short climbs, that's why he would have had good chances for a top result today. With the leader's jersey in our team, we controlled the race for large parts of the day. Especially Rüdiger Selig did an awesome job at the front. Unfortunately, neither Pascal nor Gregor had good legs today and both were struggling with the desert heat. That’s why we focussed on maintaining the positions of Emanuel Buchmann, Rafal Majka and Patrick Konrad in the general classification in the end which was the best we could achieve today." – Enrico Poitschke, Head Sport Director