Tour of the United Arab Emirates: the latest win for Pogacar, a top 10 for Bardet

The battle between the contenders for ultimate victory was expected this Saturday on the slopes of Jebel Hafeet (10.9km, 6.8% average), the end of the 7th and final stage of the 2022 Tour of the United Arab Emirates . And it happened. Briton Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), fourth overall this Saturday morning, tried everything to topple overall leader Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

But the two-time Tour de France winner, the only rider to respond to the attack of the Ineos Grenadiers rider with 3km to go, proved the strongest by dominating the Brit in the sprint.

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With that, the Slovenian managed a double whammy: the stage win, the second for him in this tour of the United Arab Emirates in 2022, and first place in the general classification. Tadej Pogacar, winner of the event last year, creates the double. Overall he is ahead of Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), second by 22 seconds, and Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious), third by 48 seconds.

For his part, Romain Bardet finished 12th on this last stage. He crossed the line 53 seconds after the leading pair. The Auvergnat finally left the race as the leader with 4 kilometers to go. He couldn’t match the impressive pace of Tadej Pogacar’s teammate Rafal Majka.

In his first race of the season, Romain Bardet finished in the top 10: 9th overall, 1’46 behind Pogacar. Encouraging for the future.

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