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Five things we learned from the 2022 UAE Tour

Five things we learned from the 2022 UAE Tour

Pogačar benefits from improved UAE Team Emirates line-up We didn’t learn anything new about Tadej Pogacar at the UAE Tour this week — he remains…

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Pogačar benefits from improved UAE Team Emirates line-up

We didn’t learn anything new about Tadej Pogacar at the UAE Tour this week — he remains the best rider in the world, capable of out-climbing everyone else (as on the stage seven summit finish), outsprinting riders on an uphill finish (as on stage four), and riding time trials that can compete with the specialists.

But one significant revelation that did emerge last week was of the improvement of his team. UAE Team Emirates this race from start to finish, especially on the two mountain top finishes, where they adopted an aggressive, front-foot approach that overwhelmed the other teams.

On Jebel Jais, Rafał Majka attacked the peloton rather than simply pace Pogačar all the way, and as a result forced the other teams to chase.

Then on Jebel Hafeet at the climax of the final stage, both Majka and João Almeida ganged up on Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) to help defend Pogačar’s jersey.

Even when Pogačar suffered the misfortune of a horribly-timed puncture during stage five just as the sprinters’ teams were winding up their lead-out trains, the team impressed with their calmness and composure under pressure, sending riders back to pace him up to the peloton, and doing so with apparent ease and plenty of time to spare.

Behind Pogačar in first, Almeida ultimately finished fifth on GC, with Majka close behind in seventh. They’ll come up against stronger opposition later this year, particularly when Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo-Visma assemble their best line-ups, but the […]

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