Tadej Pogačar, winner of the 2020 Tour de France, took another significant win at the UAE Tour, sparking great celebrations for both his team and for the sports fans across the United Arab Emirates. The Slovenian of UAE Team Emirates beat the Briton Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) by 35″ in the overall standings. Pogačar laid the foundations for success with an excellent performance in the time trial on the 2nd stage (4th best time), and then grabbed the red jersey with victory on Jebel Hafeet and consolidated his lead with the 2nd place on top of Jebel Jais on the 5th stage. Pogačar also won the youth rankings, while UAE Team Emirates took the team classification.
Pogačar: “The UAE Tour was the first big goal of the season for the team: I am very happy to have achieved the win in the home race and I am proud of how the team has performed. I would be happy to return to the UAE Tour in 2022 to defend the title I have just won, while as regards the short-term goals, I hope to be able to count on keeping good condition for my next race: Strade Bianche”.