Impressive fourth for Halvorsen

25 Feb 2019

Impressive fourth for Halvorsen

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UAE Tour stage two: Yas Island – Abu Dhabi Big Flag, 184km

Kristoffer Halvorsen produced an impressive sprint to pick up fourth place in elite company at the UAE Tour.
 
The Norwegian was able to surf the wheels in the final kilometres, manoeuvring himself in to a great position ahead of the final metres. The sprint was eventually won by Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates).
 
The second stage came down to a bunch kick as expected but had proved to be far from straightforward, with crosswinds splitting the peloton into three groups out on the road. 
 
Michal Kwiatkowski forced his way into a select lead group of around 20 riders. With a number of big names distanced by over a minute behind, there was a scramble among the echelons.
 
Team Sky helped in the chase behind, bringing Halvorsen and GC contender Gianni Moscon back into contention. The race was back together heading into the final 70km, with the second half of the stage proving far more straightforward.

In addition to Halvorsen, Moscon, Kwiatkowski, Kenny Elissonde, Pavel Sivakov and Salvatore Puccio all remain 14 seconds back on the race lead.
Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

I had a goal to be up there right at the front in the sprints and today I was.
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- Kristoffer Halvorsen
 
“We had crosswinds in the last 10km, but for the final kilometre it was a headwind which made for quite a chaotic sprint. Obviously sprints are chaotic at the best of times, but I found a good wheel the whole way. In the end I was just not fast enough and the three guys ahead were quicker.
 
“I had a goal to be up there right at the front in the sprints and today I was. It was a tough and chaotic day with the crosswinds so I was glad to be up there at the end.”
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Stage two result:

1. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 3:36:32
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
4. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky)
5. Erik Baska (Bora-Hansgrohe)

Overall standings:

1 Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 4:53:21
2. Laurens De Plus (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma)
4. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +6"
5. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) +7"

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