UAE Tour: Major GC shake-up on stage 1

Otto I. Eovaldi

Crosswinds and echelons played a significant section on stage 1 of the UAE Tour with a number of pre-race GC leaders already dominated out of the race for the leader’s jersey.

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) received the stage to Al Mirfa and could but play a main role in the general standings toward the back close of the race, but in actuality only João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Tadej Pogačar (UAE Workforce Emirates), Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious), Chris Harper (Jumbo-Visma), Neilson Powless (EF Training-Nippo), and the defending winner Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) now have real likelihood of competing for the closing podium.

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