Another top 10 for Halvorsen

28 Feb 2019

Another top 10 for Halvorsen

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UAE Tour stage five: Flag Island – Khor Fakkan, 181km

Kristoffer Halvorsen produced another impressive sprint on day five at the UAE Tour to pick up his second top-10 finish of the week.

The young Norwegian did well to surf the wheels in the closing kilometre and sprinted to seventh behind stage winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) in the midst of a star-studded field.

First Salvatore Puccio and then Michal Kwiatkowski did a fine job in the closing kilometres to manoeuvre Halvorsen into position for the sprint after what had been one of the most straightforward stages of the race so far.

With a stiff headwind subduing the action for the majority of the stage there was a lack of early action and no sign of any echelons on the run east.

After the early break was comfortably swept up the sprint trains went to work and it was Viviani who produced the best late surge, squeezing through a gap to take his first win of the race in the UAE.

Tomorrow's stage contains the longest climb of the race and will decide the destination of the overall title. After helping Halvorsen in the closing stages Kwiatkowski remains 11th overall, 1'23" back on race leader Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma).
Matteo Tosatto

Matteo Tosatto

There's a lot of big, big sprint names here in UAE and seventh is a good result for him
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Sport Director Matteo Tosatto: "I'm very happy for Kristoffer. There's a lot of big, big sprint names here in UAE and seventh is a good result for him - another top-10 finish.

"The team did a great job for him in the last 10km and positioned him well for the last 3km. Plus there was no big crash! So a good day, although it was a long, long day with the headwind.

"Now we’ll recover for tomorrow - we have a good chance with Kwiato, Gianni [Moscon] and also Pavel [Sivakov]. Every day the guys are getting better.

"Tomorrow finishes with a long, long climb. It’s not super hard but there are lots of different tactical possibilities. We’ll speak with the guys tonight and decide how we're going to play it."
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Stage five result:

1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 4:48:59
2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)
4. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe)
5. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data)
7. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 18:54:09
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +21"
3. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) +38"
4. Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +46"
5. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +54"
11. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +1:23"

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