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Dekker fourth in the penultimate stage of the UAE Tour

Dekker fourth in the penultimate stage of the UAE Tour

After two second places, David Dekker has finished fourth in the sixth stage of the UAE Tour. As a result, the Dutchman took over the green points jersey from Tadej Pogacar with one more stage to go. Chris Harper remained fourth in the overall standings.

The stage was coloured by a leading group of six riders who got caught in the final. The wind had split the peloton into echelons, but that did not last long. Dekker was well-positioned right behind stage winner Sam Bennett for the bunch sprint, but was unable to respond to the Irishman’s acceleration.

"I will do everything I can tomorrow to bring this jersey to the Netherlands in my first race as a professional for Team Jumbo-Visma. That is certainly a goal."

David Dekker

“It’s a day with mixed feelings”, Dekker said. “I was well-positioned for the sprint, but my legs just weren’t good enough to be able to do better. We were also a bit far in the last kilometres, so it cost a lot of energy to get into the right position. I am happy that I managed to reclaim the green points jersey. That’s a nice bonus. I will do everything I can tomorrow to bring this jersey to the Netherlands in my first race as a professional for Team Jumbo-Visma. That is certainly a goal.”

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