Filippo Ganna won Monday’s 13km individual time trial on the second stage of the UAE Tour as Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar took over the race lead.
The Ineos Grenadiers clocked 13min 56sec on the circuit around Al Hudayriyat Island, finishing 14sec clear of Stefan Bissegger with Mikkel Bjerg third.
Pogacar was fourth on the day and inherited the leader’s red jersey vacated by Mathieu van der Poel following Alpecin-Fenix’s decision to withdraw from the race after a member of the team’s staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Adam Yates remains in contention for Ineos Grenadiers, sitting 39 seconds back in the general classification.
Tuesday’s third stage is a 162km run from Al Ain to Jebel Hafeet and concludes with a summit finish.