Gaviria pips Viviani to win the second stage of the UAE Tour

Fernando Gaviria Elia Viviani stage 2 UAE Tour 2019

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) held off Elia Viviani’s late surge in the final sprint to clinch stage 2 in the UAE Tour on Monday.

The Colombian benefited from a lead-out by Alexander Kristoff, but was forced to start his sprint a long way out with around 250m to go.

Gaviria outsprinted Deceuninck-Quick-Step’s Elia Viviani and Lotto Soudal’s Caleb Ewan to secure a 37th career victory.

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) remains leader in the general classification. Richie Porte, Tom Dumoulin, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde are set to test the Slovenian when the 179km third stage begins on Tuesday from UAE University to Jebel Hafeet.

“The sprint was really difficult because there were a lot of strong riders,” said Gaviria. “My teammates did a really good job on the stage even in the wind. The peloton took it easy after the wind and it worked perfectly.

“I had a really good lead-out man with [Alexander] Kristoff. It’s not only good for me but for the team. UAE is a new country for me and is the sponsor for the team, it is important for the team and for me.”

UAE Tour 2019 – stage 2 results (Yas Island – Abu Dhabi Big Flag):

1Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates)

4:36:32

2Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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3Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

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4Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky)

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5Erik Baska (Bora-hansgrohe)

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6Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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7Sacha Modolo (EF Education First)

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8Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

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9Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)

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10Jakub Mareczko (CCC)

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UAE Tour 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

16:49

2Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma)

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3Jos Van Emden (Jumbo-Visma)

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4Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma)

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5Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+06”

6Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

+07”

7Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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8Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)

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9Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

+09”

10Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida)

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