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UAE TTT: Jumbo-Visma take first ever stage at new WorldTour race

Roglic takes leader's jersey with Dumoulin and Nibali within striking distance.

Jumbo-Visma beat Team Sunweb and Bahrain-Merida into first on the fast windswept 16-kilometer team time trial, Sunday. Primoz Roglic was first across the line and so took the race’s red leader’s jersey.

“It was a fast team time trial and it went very well,” said Roglic. “It’s nice to have the leader’s jersey and we certainly have ambitions to win this race. There are still some tough stages coming up, so we take it day by day. But we have an excellent start.”

Riders started their day in downtown Abu Dhabi where they rode warmup laps on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the country’s Formula 1 track. Riders then transferred across the city to Al Hudayriat island. The man-made island opened in 2018 and is designed specifically for recreation and endurance sports. The island is crisscrossed by tracks made specifically for cycling and running. It also features a long swimming beach.

The offshore winds shifted several times during the time trial event, which kicked off at 2 p.m. with Russian team Gazprom speeding out onto the track.

Bahrain-Merida set the pace early on, driven by world champion time trialist Rohan Dennis, however the strength in depth of Jumbo-Visma’s team, with powerhouses such as Roglic, Tony Martin and Jos Van Emden, allowed them to set a time of 16:49; a blistering 57km/h.

The Dutch team was the 11th of 20 teams to start, and spent much of the day in the hot seat.

Sunweb were the penultimate team to start, and looked ready to dethrone the Dutch squad. However the team faded in the final half and finished second, seven seconds back, leaving Tom Dumoulin in a good position to battle for GC.

“At the end we were missing out on a little bit of firepower,” Dumoulin said. “I think we can be happy with a young group of guys here.”

Bahrain-Merida finished third, nine seconds back. They will be fighting for Vicenzo Nibali in the overall.

Monday will see the new race’s first road stage, a flat race to Abu Dhabi Marina, which will see the sprinters come to the fore.

UAE Tour Team Time Trial Results

1Team Jumbo-Visma16:49
2Team Sunweb0:07
3Bahrain Merida0:09
4Team Sky0:14
5Movistar Team0:18
6CCC Team0:24
7Deceuninck - Quick Step0:26
8EF Education First,,
9BORA - hansgrohe0:28
10Team Dimension Data,,
11Groupama - FDJ0:29
13UAE-Team Emirates0:36
14Trek - Segafredo0:43
15Astana Pro Team,,
16Lotto Soudal0:45
17Team Katusha Alpecin,,
18AG2R La Mondiale0:54
20Team Novo Nordisk1:46
1ROGLIČ PrimožTeam Jumbo-Visma16:49
2DE PLUS LaurensTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
3VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
4BOUWMAN KoenTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
5WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb0:07
6HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb,,
7DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb,,
8KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb,,
9ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb,,
10DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida0:08
11CARUSO DamianoBahrain Merida,,
12NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida,,
13TRATNIK JanBahrain Merida,,
14KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky0:14
15HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky,,
16PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky,,
17SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,
18MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,
19ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky,,
20SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team0:18
21MAS LluísMovistar Team,,
22VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team,,
23AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team,,
24OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team,,
25POWER RobertTeam Sunweb0:24
27BEVIN PatrickCCC Team,,
28OWSIAN ŁukaszCCC Team,,
29DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team,,
30DE MARCHI AlessandroCCC Team,,
31EVENEPOEL RemcoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:26
32MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
33SABATINI FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
34VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
35KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
36DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
37VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education First,,
38MODOLO SachaEF Education First,,
39CLARKE SimonEF Education First,,
40MCLAY DanielEF Education First,,
41VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First,,
42SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:29
43FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe,,
44BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe,,
45PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe,,
46JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data,,
47GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data,,
48THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data,,
49MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data,,
50CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data,,
51GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ,,
52SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ,,
53SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ,,
54ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ,,
55REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ,,
56KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe0:32
57GRMAY TsgabuMitchelton-Scott,,
58MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,
59BOOKWALTER BrentMitchelton-Scott,,
60ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott,,
61HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step0:33
62GAVIRIA FernandoUAE-Team Emirates0:36
63ULISSI DiegoUAE-Team Emirates,,
64MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates,,
65COSTA RuiUAE-Team Emirates,,
66SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott0:41
67PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo0:43
68MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo,,
69MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo,,
70IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo,,
71CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo,,
72EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo,,
73SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida,,
74HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida,,
75HIRT JanAstana Pro Team0:44
76FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team,,
77IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana Pro Team,,
78VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,
79FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team,,
80EWAN CalebLotto Soudal0:45
81LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal,,
82KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal,,
83MONFORT MaximeLotto Soudal,,
84DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
85ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
86KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
87HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
88NAVARRO DanielTeam Katusha Alpecin,,
89BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team0:48
90HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal0:49
91BENNETT SeanEF Education First0:53
92PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale0:54
93DUMOULIN SamuelAG2R La Mondiale,,
94BOUCHARD GeoffreyAG2R La Mondiale,,
95GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale,,
96BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:57
97BOEV IgorGazprom-RusVelo,,
98ARSLANOV IldarGazprom-RusVelo,,
99PORSEV AlexanderGazprom-RusVelo,,
100NYCH ArtemGazprom-RusVelo,,
101SHILOV SergeyGazprom-RusVelo,,
102EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data0:58
103GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Pro Team,,
104JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale1:07
105LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma1:10
106REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo1:12
107BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida1:13
108FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team1:16
109WHELAN JamesEF Education First1:17
110KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates1:19
111KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo1:27
112GOŁAŚ MichałTeam Sky1:29
113LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE-Team Emirates1:32
114KREUZIGER RomanTeam Dimension Data1:39
115PERON AndreaTeam Novo Nordisk1:46
116CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk,,
117IRVINE DeclanTeam Novo Nordisk,,
118PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk,,
119KUSZTOR PéterTeam Novo Nordisk,,
120BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk,,
121ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal1:47
122BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal,,
123BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe1:50
124WARBASSE LarryAG2R La Mondiale1:54
125PAUWELS SergeCCC Team1:55
126COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale1:59
127CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team2:00
128BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott2:05
129BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott2:06
130MARTENS PaulTeam Jumbo-Visma2:07
131MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma,,
132TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates2:10
133DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ2:23
134ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ,,
135BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe2:43
136VOROBYEV AntonGazprom-RusVelo2:44
137MARECZKO JakubCCC Team3:08
138BENHAMOUDA MehdiTeam Novo Nordisk3:18
139KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha Alpecin3:46
140ZABEL RickTeam Katusha Alpecin5:40
1Team Jumbo-Visma16:49
2Team Sunweb0:07
3Bahrain Merida0:09
4Team Sky0:14
5Movistar Team0:18
6CCC Team0:24
7Deceuninck - Quick Step0:26
8EF Education First,,
9BORA - hansgrohe0:28
10Team Dimension Data,,
11Groupama - FDJ0:29
13UAE-Team Emirates0:36
14Trek - Segafredo0:43
15Astana Pro Team,,
16Lotto Soudal0:45
17Team Katusha Alpecin,,
18AG2R La Mondiale0:54
20Team Novo Nordisk1:46
1DE PLUS LaurensTeam Jumbo-Visma16:49
2HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky0:14
3SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,
4MOSCON GianniTeam Sky,,
5POWER RobertTeam Sunweb0:24
6EVENEPOEL RemcoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:26
7KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step,,
8VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First,,
9SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:29
10GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data,,
11GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ,,
12SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ,,
13HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step0:33
14GAVIRIA FernandoUAE-Team Emirates0:36
15SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott0:41
16MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo0:43
17EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo,,
18EWAN CalebLotto Soudal0:45
19LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal,,
20BENNETT SeanEF Education First0:53
21PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale0:54
22BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:57
23ARSLANOV IldarGazprom-RusVelo,,
24NYCH ArtemGazprom-RusVelo,,
25JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale1:07
26BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida1:13
27WHELAN JamesEF Education First1:17
28KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo1:27
29IRVINE DeclanTeam Novo Nordisk1:46
30COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale1:59
31CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team2:00
32TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates2:10
33ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ2:23
34BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe2:43
35MARECZKO JakubCCC Team3:08
36BENHAMOUDA MehdiTeam Novo Nordisk3:18

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