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Press Releases | 27.02.2020

Rafal Majka still ranks fifth overall after second mountain finish at UAE Tour

At 162 kilometres, the fifth day of this year's UAE Tour gave the climbers a second chance to test their legs at Jebel Hafeet. Following a flat first part of the stage on exposed roads with strong crosswinds, the race came down to the last 11 kilometres where the riders had to face an average gradient of 6 percent. Brought into position by their BORA-hansgrohe teammates, Rafal Majka and Patrick Konrad were the two general classification contenders of the German squad who were aiming for a good result. After an acceleration by Tadej Pogacar and Adam Yates, Patrick lost contact with the first group while Rafał stayed in a good position a few seconds behind, making a courageous effort to keep up with the top riders. In the end, the Polish climber crossed the line in 10th position and secured his fifth place in the overall ranking. Patrick lost some positions and now sits in 13th overall.

Results

01 T.Pogacar  3:48:53
02 A.Lutsenko  s.t.
03 A.Yates  s.t.
...
10 R.Majka  + 0:27

From the Finish Line

"It’s been a difficult day. My goal was to go for the podium but, unfortunately, I didn’t have the legs. When I realized that I could not keep up with the first riders, I concentrated on not losing too much time and securing my fifth position in the general classification. Generally speaking, I’m happy with my overall performance at the UAE Tour. We’re still very early in the season which makes me confident for the upcoming months. I would also like to thank the team for their support today. The whole stage was very fast and not easy at all due to the crosswinds." – Rafal Majka

"Today’s stage was a very tricky one since the flat stretch until the final climb was dominated by strong crosswinds. Our team did a really good job here and also managed to bring our general classification contenders, Rafal and Patrick, into a good position to begin the final ascent. Unfortunately, both of them did not feel as strong as in the mountain stage two days ago. That’s why we could not make any efforts to launch an attack for the podium. Rafal still managed to limit his time losses and secured his fifth place in the overall ranking." – Enrico Poitschke, Head Sports Director

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