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Blues safe at UAE opener in Dubai, Rojas 9th

23 February 2020
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UAE Tour (st. 1)

Alejandro Valverde and Movistar Team unscather after first bunch sprint in the Emirates; Hatta Dam climb set to create first GC gaps on Monday.

Pascal Ackermann (BOH) took Sunday’s victory at a world-class sprint opener in the 2020 UAE Tour. Most of the fastest men in the peloton were lining up in Dubai for a 147km course where desert winds did not show up this time, which meant the Movistar Team had an easier time to stay away from trouble.

Elosegui, Carretero, Torres y Rojas. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

The Telefónica-backed squad, which had José Joaquín Rojas (9th) featuring in the inevitable sprint, kept its focus on helping Alejandro Valverde saving energy before the crucial GC stages, which start on Monday.

El sprint final, con Rojas, 9º. (c) LaPresse

A lumpy stage two course around Hatta, next to the Oman border (168km), will see punchy climbers and even some sprinters seek for glory at the tough slope of the town’s Dam, 400m with a whopping maximum of 17%.

Cover picture (c): Movistar Team

Male Team 23 - 29 Feb

UAE Tour UAE

(1st Stage) Dubai (148 km)
  1. 01 Pascal Ackermann Bora-Hansgrohe 3h29'19"
  2. 02 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal "
  3. 03 Rudy Barbier Israel Start-Up Nation "
  4. 09 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
  5. 35 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team "
  6. 52 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  7. 61 Iñigo Elosegui Movistar Team "
  8. 62 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team "
  9. 120 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team "
  10. 124 Albert Torres Movistar Team "
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Pascal Ackermann Bora-Hansgrohe 3h29'09"
  2. 02 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal +4"
  3. 03 Veljko Stojnic Vini Zabù KTM +5"
  4. 12 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +10"
  5. 38 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team "
  6. 55 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  7. 64 Iñigo Elosegui Movistar Team "
  8. 65 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team "
  9. 121 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team "
  10. 124 Albert Torres Movistar Team "
See stage ranking