Pair of top-10 finishes in Dubai

02 Mar 2019

Pair of top-10 finishes in Dubai

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UAE Tour stage seven: Dubai Safari Park - City Walk, 145km

Michal Kwiatkowski secured 10th place overall at the inaugural UAE Tour while Kristoffer Halvorsen also picked up a top 10 in the final sprint.
 
After seven days of racing the action culminated in Dubai with a blanket finish to the bunch kick. Halvorsen came from deep in the pack on the wheel of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and was able to claim 10th place at the line.
 
It was Kwiatkowski who helped shepherd the Norwegian into position ahead of the last kilometre, and the team’s GC leader was able to finish safely to make sure of a top-10 finish himself.
 
1:49 back on overall victor Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma), the race represented a solid first appearance of the season for Kwiatkowski on a testing parcours.
Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

The whole week has been good for me. The shape is good so I hope to keep building like this.
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- Kristoffer Halvorsen

"I'm a little bit disappointed today. I was feeling good and I really wanted to do another good sprint today. I was towards the front in the top 10 but not right up there where I needed to be.

"The whole week has been good for me. The shape is good so I hope to keep building like this."

- Matteo Tosatto

"There was a lot of stress in the peloton about potential splits in the wind during the first 40km. There was a lot of wind about but the guys were always aware and stayed near the front, focusing on making a good sprint for Kristoffer.

"After the finish he was a bit disappointed. He'd wanted to be closer to the front coming out of the last corner. He was still able to pick up a top 10, so he's finished 4th, 7th and 10th this week. That's three solid sprints and in his next races he's got chance to make some more good results.

"It's Kwiato's first race so to see him in the top 10 is good. All in all it was seven good days of racing." 
Stage seven result:

1. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:17:51
2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
4. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates)
5. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick-Step)
10. Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 26:27:29
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +31"
3. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) +44"
4. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +56"
5. Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +1:04"
10. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +1:49"

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