Ganna sweeps the first battle between Pogacar and Almeida

The world champion flew at almost 56 km / h to win a time in which Pogacar comes out as the new leader. Van der Poel retired after a positive in his team.


The UAE Tour time trial left us with everything despite having only a 13-kilometer route. Before the start of the test, Alpecin-Fenix, the team of leader Mathieu Van der Poel, announced its withdrawal after a positive coronavirus from a staff member. During the race, the Swiss Stefan Bisseger presented his candidacy to take the stage ... until Filippo Ganna arrived, who again showed that against the clock he has no rival, to take a stage in which we could see the first differences between Tadej Pogacar , Joao Almeida and Adam Yates in the fight for the general classification after yesterday's fans that knocked out many favorites and that leaves us the current Tour de France champion as the new leader of the general classification.

The first serious reference to the finish line was set by the Danish Mikkel Bjerg, who stopped the clock at 14:10 although his joy did not last long, since Bisseger, who had just achieved the best time at the intermediate point of kilometer 6, also did with the best time at the finish line with a time of 14:10 and an average of 55 km / h. From there, the Swiss managed to defend his time ahead of the records of runners such as Froome or Valverde, who rode a minute worse than Bisseger, and Adam Yates, the first of the favorites to reach the finish line, who finished 44 seconds behind the Swiss (14; 54) .

After Daniel Felipe Martínez threatened Bisseger's time at the first intermediate point, although he then went to the finish line, and after the hard fall of junior world champion Antonio Tiberi, it was time for Filippo Ganna and the Italian again demonstrated by what is the best time trialist in the world. Wearing the rainbow jersey, Ganna improved Bisseger's time at the halfway point by 7 seconds and doubled this advantage at the finish line, where he chased Vincenzo Nibali over the line, to stop the clock in 13:56 at an average of 55,981 km /h.

Ganna's start was a preview of the battle for the general classification between Tadej Pogacar and Joao Almeida, in which the Slovenian was more solid in the first section of the time, leading him by eight seconds. However, in the second part of the chrono Almeida managed to cut some time to lose only six seconds with Pogacar at the finish line, who with his time of 14:20, 26 seconds behind Ganna, managed to position himself as the new leader of the UAE Tour before of the first great mountain day this Tuesday with the arrival on top of Jebel Hafeet.Classification of the second stage of the UAE Tour

1. Filippo Ganna (ITA / Ineos-Grenadiers) 13: 56

2. Stefan Bisseger (SUI / EF Education-Nippo) at 0: 1

. Mikkel Bjerg (DIN / UAE Emirates) at 0: 21

4. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE Emirates) at 0: 2

5. Luis León Sánchez (ESP / Astana-Premier Tech) at 0: 30

General classification of the UAE Tour after the second stage

1. Tadej Pogacar (SVN / UAE Emirates) 4: 00: 05

2. Joao Almeida (POR / Deceuninck Quick-Step) at 0: 05

. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA / Deceuninck Quick-Step) at 0: 18

4. Chris Harper (AUS / Jumbo-Visma) at 0: 33

5. Adam Yates (GBR / Ineos-Grenadiers) at 0: 39

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