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Jonas Vingegaard takes victory on Jebel Jais in UAE Tour

Jonas Vingegaard takes victory on Jebel Jais in UAE Tour

Jonas Vingegaard has won the fifth stage in the UAE Tour. The 24-year-old climbing talent of Team Jumbo-Visma rushed past Alexey Lutsenko after a breakaway in the final phase and was the first to reach the top of the climb to Jebel Jais. Chris Harper retained his fourth place overall.

The Danish rider took his second professional victory, after winning a stage in the Tour of Poland. This stage victory raises Team Jumbo-Visma’s tally to two victories in 2021.

"I am very happy with this victory."

Jonas Vingegaard

A group of nine riders were released by the peloton in the 170 kilometre stage. What followed was a quiet run to the foot of the climb. The race only exploded at the last moment, with the all-decisive attack by Vingegaard at just over one kilometre from the finish. “The pace slowed down a bit in the peloton. I thought it would be a good time to try. Fortunately I was able to catch Lutsenko and beat him in the sprint”, a delighted Vingegaard said. “I am very happy with this victory, my first victory of the season. It has been two years since my last win. It feels good to show that I have a good level. This is also very nice for the team. Hopefully this is the beginning of many victories.”

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"For Jonas to finish in such a way is great."

Addy Engels

Sports director Addy Engels was also delighted with his rider’s victory. “A wonderful day for us as a team. The plan was the same as during the first mountain stage of this UAE Tour. Our goal was to support Chris Harper for his GC. If it was possible to get a good result for the day, we certainly wanted to seize that opportunity. For Jonas to finish in such a way is great.”

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