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Cycling - Pogacar wins UAE Tour for second successive year

Cycling - Pogacar wins UAE Tour for second successive year

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - 2022 Tour de France Presentation - Palais des Congres, Paris, France - October 14, 2021 Tour de France 2021 winner, Tadej Pogacar during the presentation for the 2022 Tour de France and the Tour de France Femmes REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Slovenian Tadej Pogacar won the UAE Tour for the second year in a row after outclassing his rivals on the seventh and final stage on Saturday.

Already leading the GC standings after Friday's racing, the Tour de France champion kept main rival Adam Yates on a leash and sprinted clear in the final kilometre up the Jebel Hafeet climb.

Britain's Yates finished second on the stage and second overall, 22 seconds back, while Spain's Pello Bilbao was third.

The UAE Tour, the only UCI World Tour race in the Middle East, is seen as a gauge of early-season form, and Pogacar showed he will again be tough to stop this year.

"It's always a pleasure to win at Jebel Hafeet, especially after such hard work from the team," the UAE Team Emirates rider, who has won the stage three years in a row, said.

"At some point, Adam (Yates) went on the attack and it was one of the hardest attacks I've ever experienced.

"The UAE Tour is the first goal of the season for us. It's our home race. From now on I'll try to be in good shape for as long as possible."

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Source: Reuters
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