Irishman Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) won the fourth stage of the tour through the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, with Slovene Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) taking the lead of the individual general.
After 204 kilometers, the 30-year-old Irishman started and reached the sprint on the island of Al Marjan in 4h51m51s and beat the second-placed and new Dutchman David Dekker (Jumbo-Visma) on the finish line and the Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), third.
The day did not bring any significant changes to the first places of the general, who will continue to be led by Pogacar, the 2020 Tour of France winner, 43 seconds ahead of Brit Adam Yates (INEOS) in second Place 43 seconds.
What a finish! With everyone fighting to the end, it is @Sammmy_Be who grabbed the WIN! ???????? # UAETour @ AbuDhabiSC @almarjanisland pic.twitter.com/VefYMjNPze
– UAE Tour Official (@uae_tour) February 24, 2021
At 1: 03s the Portuguese João Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is in third place after a day on which he finished 24th, at the same time as the winner, second in the youth classification, behind Pogacar and third in the point table.
Ruben Guerreiro (Education First-Nippo) also joined the squad, cutting the gate in 31st and maintaining 29th place overall, 12 minutes and 14 minutes ahead of the leader.
On Thursday, the seven-tier farm connects Fujairah with Jebel Jais, over 170 kilometers, with a lofty goal that will test Pogacar’s leadership and João Almeida’s ambitions for a final victory.