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Press Releases | 25.02.2021

Konrad and Buchmann concede time in Jebel Jais finale

With the ascent up the Jebel Jais, the second summit finish of the UAE Tour awaited the riders today after 168 kilometers of racing. Leaving the start in Fujairah, the parkour was quite undulated but still the decisive moves were expected to be launched on the final climb. Right after the gun M. Frank distanced himself from the bunch successfully and opened up a gap of about three minutes before he was joined by another eight riders. It was a hard fight to chase the leading group down and with 10 kilometers remaining, A. Lutsenko was solo at the front, around two minutes ahead of the main field. Ineos Genadier was setting a hard pace and BORA – hansgrohe had still Buchmann, Konrad and Zwiehoff in the select group of favorites. But when the hunt for the stage win started, also Buchmann and Konrad lost contact on the final kilometer today. J. Vingegaard finally managed to overtake Lutsenko on the last 300m and took the stage win. 

 

Results 

01 J. Vingegaard               4:19:08

02 T. Pogacar                    +0:03

03 A. Yates                       +0:03

...

24 P. Konrad                     +0:32

30 E. Buchmann                +0:40

 

From the Finish Line  

"On Tuesday my legs have been better. But also the climb suited me better than this long drag up the finish today. The pace was constantly high, and I felt quite good for a long time but when the attacks started, I couldn’t respond. At the moment I am not able to match the peak power of the other guys, but I think that’s normal after a 5 month break from racing." – Emanuel Buchmann   

"I think we can say that we are on a good level and had three guys in the main group on the last five kilometers. But it is also obvious that we miss something to fight for a win in the end. That’s where we are and there is some work ahead of us to be really competitive in the finals. But the potential is for sure there, that’s the good news for the moment." – Enrico Poitschke, Sports Director

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