Bennett beats Dekker and Ewan in first big sprint of the year

In the first major duel between the top sprinters in the peloton, the Irishman beat David Dekker and Caleb Ewan ahead of tomorrow's decisive day at Jebel Jais.

The fourth stage of the UAE Tour left us the first big sprint of the year in this 2021 cycling season after the fans knocked out Sam Bennett and Caleb Ewan in the first stage and with the permission of Mathieu Van der Poel, winner in that time and that he had to leave the race after the positive for coronavirus of a member of the staff of his team. And in the fast finals Sam Bennett once again showed that he is the sprinter with the most power at the moment in the peloton after achieving his first win in 2021.

The day began calmly in the peloton as there were hardly any starting attacks and the first movements arrived at kilometer 90, when several teams unsuccessfully tried to break the peloton with fans, as was the case on the first day. Near kilometer 120 François Bidard and Olivier Le Gac decided to find their own adventure. The two French cyclists had a lead of close to two minutes but the work of the sprinters' teams as the goal approached caused them to be hunted 30 kilometers from the finish line.

The race picked up the pace again in the last 10 kilometers with the sprint teams preparing their trains to get their fast men well into the finish and with a beautiful battle between Caleb Ewan's Lotto-Soudal and the Bora-Hansgrohe of Pascal Ackermann. However, in the last kilometer Sam Bennett was gaining positions to sprint down the left side of the road and beat surprising David Dekker and Caleb Ewan to claim his first victory in the first big sprint of the 2021 season, which serves as a preview to the decisive day for the general classification this Thursday with the arrival at the top of Jebel Jais, where Tadej Pogacar will seek to certify his victory in the general classification.Classification of the fourth stage of the UAE Tour

1. Sam Bennett (Deceuninck / Quick-Step) 4: 51: 51

2. David Dekker (NED / Jumbo-Visma) m.t

. Caleb Ewan (AUS / Lotto-Soudal) m.t

4. Elia Viviani (ITA / Cofidis) m.t

5. Matteo Moschetti (ITA / Trek-Segafredo) m.t

General classification of the UAE Tour after the fourth stage

1. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE Emirates) 12: 50: 21

2. Adam Yates (GBR / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 0: 43

. Joao Almeida (POR / Deceuninck Quick-Step) at 1: 03

4. Chris Harper (AUS / Jumbo-Visma) at 1: 43

5. Neilson Powless (USA / Education First-Nippo) at 1: 45

9. Rubén Fernández (ESP / Cofidis) at 3: 32

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