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2022 Saudi Tour (2.1),
Saudi Arabia

2nd edition of current race: February 1 - 5, 2022

Saudi Tour podium history | Start list | 2023 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5

2022 Saudi Tour overall map


Saturday, Febraury 5: 5th & Final Stage, Alula Old Town - Alula Old Town, 138.9 km

Stage 5 profile

Dylan Groenewegen wins the final stage and the race's points classification. Getty Sport Photo

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Weather at the start/finish city of Alula at 3:30 PM, local time: 18C (64F), fair, with the wind from the southwest at 11 km/hr (7 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the race organizer's final summary.

The final stage of the 2022 Saudi Tour ended, as expected by a bunched sprint and Dylan Groenewegen proved he was the fastest man of the pack claiming a second success on the event. After his master piece on the decisive hilltop finish of stage 4, Maxim Van Gils wins this 2nd edition of the Saudi Tour. In the final general classification, the young Belgian wins by 36’’ over Santiago Buitrago and 48’’ over Rui Costa.

For the final stage of the 2022 Saudi Tour, the 86 remaining riders had the opportunity to discover the splendid Old Town of Al Ula where the start was set. A quick stroll through the picturesque cobbled streets before taking off for a 138-km stage.

Soon after crossing the km 0 line several riders blasted away. In vain at first. Eventually Jannik Steimle (QST) made his move. The German was later caught by three other men at km 14: Charmig, Blue jersey Urianstad (both UXT) and of course the untiring Tzortzakis ready to battle it out for the Most Active rider’s jersey. At km 25 their advantage over the pack had reached 1’55’’. A gap that was rapidly stabilised by the likes of teams Lotto-Soudal and BikeExchange-Jayco.

At the first Intermediate Active sprint, Tzortzakis captured 3 precious points ahead of his rival Urianstad while the pack had the escapees under control at 1’35’’. After so many efforts this week, Tzortzakis was the first to be dropped. The Greek was swallowed by the chasing pack with 25kms to go. The leading three could then still count on a 50’’ advantage.

The second Intermediate sprint was claimed by Urianstad which meant he was guaranteed to win the Blue Jersey. Eventually only one man remained in the lead, Steimle, but he was finally caught with exactly one lap to go, on the line where the bonus sprint was claimed by Van Poppel (BOH).

The pack mainly controlled by team Bahrain Victorious remained bunched all the way to the last straight. With just under 3kms to go, Caleb Ewan (LTS) lost all hopes of a second success when he punctured. Well led out by his new BikeExchange team mates, Dylan Groenewegen powered to the line beating Dan McLay (ARK) and Davide Ballerini (QST). The Dutchman wins again on this Saudi Tour and adds a 58th success to his career record. He also wins the Red jersey (point’s classification) ahead of Caleb Ewan by just one point.

Perfectly surrounded by his Lotto-Soudal squad Maxim Van Gils made it to the finish within the peloton and that of course meant a first overall victory in the Middle-East. The young Belgian who had made the difference yesterday at the Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid wins the general classification ahead of Santiago Buitrago (TBV) and Rui Costa. As well as the Green jersey, the 22-year-old also wins the White jersey for the best young rider. Martin Urianstad (UXT) finishes most active rider of this 2nd edition.

Complete results:

138.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 47.307 km/hr

1 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2hr 56min 10sec
2 DANIEL MCLAY ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
3 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
4 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
5 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
6 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES s.t.
7 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
8 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
9 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X s.t.
10 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM s.t.
11 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS s.t.
12 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
13 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM s.t.
14 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
15 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES s.t.
16 DONAVAN GRONDIN ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
17 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
18 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
19 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM s.t.
20 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
21 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
22 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
23 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
24 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
25 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
26 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
27 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
28 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
29 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
30 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
31 MAXIMILIANO RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
32 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES s.t.
33 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
34 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
35 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X s.t.
36 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
37 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
38 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
39 RUI FELIPE ALVES OLIVEIRA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
40 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
41 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS @ 15sec
42 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
43 MARKUS PAJUR ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
44 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
45 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
46 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS s.t.
47 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
48 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
49 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 0' 24''
50 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
51 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
52 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X s.t.
53 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
54 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
55 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
56 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
57 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
58 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
59 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
60 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
61 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
62 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
63 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 37''
64 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM 0' 40''
65 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 46''
66 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM 0' 51''
67 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
68 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
69 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
70 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON 0' 57''
71 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX 1' 01''
72 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES s.t.
73 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X s.t.
74 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X s.t.
75 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
76 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
77 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM 1' 16''
78 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 1' 36''
79 G LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 1' 42''
80 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 3' 11''
81 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL @ 0sec
82 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4' 22''
83 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X s.t.
84 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
85 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL 5' 41''
86 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 9' 33''

 

Final GC after stage 5:

  • GC winner: Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Soudal)
  • Points classification winner: Dylan Groenewegen (BikeExchange-Jayco)
  • Best young rider: Maxim Van Gils (Lotto Soudal)
  • Active rider classification winner: Martin Bugge Urianstad (Uno-X)
  • Team classification winner: Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl

831.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.365 km/hr

1 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL 20hr 5min 48sec
2 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS @ 36sec
3 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0' 48''
4 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 52''
5 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE 0' 54''
6 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES 0' 57''
7 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X 1' 29''
8 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES 1' 36''
9 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ ARKEA-SAMSIC 1' 45''
10 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
11 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS 1' 46''
12 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
13 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM 1' 51''
14 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 2' 11''
15 DONAVAN GRONDIN ARKEA-SAMSIC 2' 13''
16 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 58''
17 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX 3' 22''
18 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 3' 30''
19 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 4' 03''
20 G LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4' 15''
21 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM 5' 17''
22 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 5' 20''
23 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 5' 36''
24 RUI FELIPE ALVES OLIVEIRA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 6' 17''
25 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX 6' 18''
26 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 7' 42''
27 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL 8' 04''
28 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM 8' 12''
29 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM 8' 22''
30 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 8' 32''
31 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES 8' 52''
32 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 9' 19''
33 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES 9' 22''
34 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL 9' 51''
35 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 9' 57''
36 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 10' 08''
37 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE 10' 59''
38 MAXIMILIANO ARIEL RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES 11' 08''
39 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES 11' 17''
40 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM 11' 26''
41 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 11' 27''
42 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 11' 35''
43 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES 11' 38''
44 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES 12' 24''
45 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 12' 53''
46 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS 13' 02''
47 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM 13' 12''
48 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE 13' 48''
49 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 14' 26''
50 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 14' 41''
51 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX 15' 09''
52 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX 15' 27''
53 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 15' 32''
54 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL 15' 40''
55 MARKUS PAJUR ARKEA-SAMSIC 16' 16''
56 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM 16' 28''
57 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS 16' 41''
58 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X 17' 06''
59 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM 17' 40''
60 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS 17' 42''
61 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM 17' 57''
62 DANIEL MCLAY ARKEA-SAMSIC 18' 15''
63 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON 18' 16''
64 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE 18' 30''
65 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS 18' 33''
66 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X 18' 56''
67 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE ARKEA-SAMSIC 19' 02''
68 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 19' 29''
69 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 19' 53''
70 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X 20' 02''
71 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 20' 03''
72 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM 20' 41''
73 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE 21' 28''
74 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL 21' 46''
75 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X 21' 48''
76 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 22' 22''
77 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON 25' 02''
78 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 25' 37''
79 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL 26' 11''
80 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON 27' 36''
81 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X 29' 41''
82 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON 30' 41''
83 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM 35' 27''
84 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 35' 59''
85 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON 39' 33''
86 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 45' 24''

 

Stage five profile:

Stage five profile


Friday, February 4: Stage 4, Winter Park - Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid, 149.3 km

Stage 4 profile

Maxim Van Gils wins with no other riders in sight.

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Weather at Alula near the start/finish at 4:00 PM, local time: 17C (63F), fair, with the wind from the southwest at 40 km/hr (25 mph). No rain.

The race: Here's the stage four report from the race organizer:

More wind and more drama in the Saudi Tour. After a fierce battle on the flat part of this fourth stage where several teams made the best of the tough conditions to create chaos in the pack, a group of 15 reached the bottom of the final climb to the Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid. Andrea Bagioli (QST) was the first to attack but was later caught and dropped by young Maxim Van Gils (LTS). The 22-year-old went on to claim his first professional victory ahead of Mezgec (BEX) and Declercq (QST). The Belgian also takes command of the general classification and will be wearing the Green Jersey on the final day of the event tomorrow.

After an action-packed stage 3 due to the strong wind blowing across the Al Ula region, it was slightly calmer this morning at the start of day 4 of the Saudi Tour set at the Winter Park. The 90 remaining riders took off just before 11 AM for a 149-km stage all the way to the spectacular Skyviews of Harrat Uwayrid, in other words a demanding summit finish awaited the peloton.

As soon as the first kilometre, ‘’mister breakaway’’ Polychronis Tzortzakis (KUW) took off from the pack. He was rapidly caught by Muhamad Othman (TSG). Both men reached km 21 enjoying a 2’30’’ lead. While Tzortzakis made it first to the first Intermediate sprint (km 57) the pack had lost more time: 3’20’’.

The situation changed dramatically with the wind picking up. Under the influence of teams DSM and of course Quickstep-Alpha Vynil, the pack broke up into several groups, leaving only 16 riders in the first one at km 80. Six kilometres later the front two were caught and eventually dropped. The leading 16 continued pushing hard. In that leading group were the likes of Bonifazio, Oss, Turgis (TEN), Mezgec (BEX), Van Gils (LTS), Bagioli (QST) and four team mates, Van Poppel (BOH) and Consonni (COF).

The front group reached the second Intermediate sprint (km 120) led out by Turgis with a 1’20’’ advantage over the chasing pack led by the Bahrain Victorious squad of Green Jersey Santiago Buitrago. With 25kms to go, fifteen riders remained in the lead (Denz dropped) enjoying a 1’25’’ advantage. With 10kms to go Andrea Bagioli attacked on the steep climb of the day. The Italian was later caught and dropped by Maxim Van Gils. The Belgian reached the summit claiming the bonus sprint (km 140) with a 30” lead over Bagioli and 1’ over Rui Costa (UAE) and the Green Jersey group.

Van Gils enjoys his wn.

Despite the strong wind blowing on the last 8kms, Van Gils continued his impressive solo effort. The 22-year-old eventually crossed the finish line victoriously, beating Luka Mezgec (BEX) and Tim Declercq (QST) by 40”. Van Gils claims his first ever pro win on this Saudi Tour and takes command of the general classification. He’ll therefore be defending the Green Jersey (and the White Jersey for best young rider) on tomorrow’s final stage enjoying a rather comfortable lead of 36” over Buitrago and 48” over Rui Costa. The Red Jersey (point’s classification) remains on the shoulders of Caleb Ewan (LTS) while Urianstad is still the leader of the Most Active rider classification.

Complete results:

149.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.126 km/hr

1 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL 3hr 32min 39sec
2 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO @ 40sec
3 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
4 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
5 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
6 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
7 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
8 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
9 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 44''
10 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES 1' 19''
11 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
12 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X 1' 20''
13 DONAVAN GRONDIN ARKEA-SAMSIC 1' 29''
14 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
15 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
16 LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
17 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
18 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
19 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
20 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS s.t.
21 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE 1' 32''
22 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 2' 48''
23 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
24 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES s.t.
25 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 3' 35''
26 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
27 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX 4' 12''
28 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES s.t.
29 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
30 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
31 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM s.t.
32 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM 6' 00''
33 RUI FELIPE ALVES UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
34 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE 6' 03''
35 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM s.t.
36 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
37 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
38 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
39 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
40 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
41 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 7' 37''
42 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
43 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
44 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
45 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 9' 29''
46 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
47 MAXIMILIANO RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
48 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX 10' 38''
49 MARTIN BUGGE UNO-X s.t.
50 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
51 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
52 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE 10' 56''
53 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
54 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 11' 25''
55 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X s.t.
56 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
57 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL 12' 21''
58 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
59 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
60 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X s.t.
61 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM s.t.
62 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
63 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
64 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE 12' 51''
65 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
66 MARKUS PAJUR ARKEA-SAMSIC 13' 47''
67 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
68 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS s.t.
69 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X s.t.
70 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
71 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
72 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
73 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS s.t.
74 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM s.t.
75 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
76 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON 14' 39''
77 DANIEL MCLAY ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
78 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
79 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
80 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
81 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
82 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X 15' 30''
83 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
84 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM s.t.
85 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X 15' 33''
86 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL 15' 41''
87 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 20' 20''
88 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
89 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.

 

GC after stage 4:

692.4 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 40.348 km/hr

1 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL 17hr 9min 38sec
2 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS @ 36sec
3 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0' 48''
4 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 52''
5 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE 0' 57''
6 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
7 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X 1' 29''
8 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES 1' 36''
9 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS 1' 45''
10 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS 1' 46''
11 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
12 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
13 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM 1' 51''
14 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 2' 11''
15 DONAVAN GRONDIN ARKEA-SAMSIC 2' 13''
16 LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2' 33''
17 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 58''
18 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX 3' 22''
19 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 3' 30''
20 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 3' 48''
21 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 4' 56''
22 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 5' 12''
23 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM 5' 17''
24 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
25 RUI FELIPE ALVES UAE TEAM EMIRATES 6' 17''
26 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 7' 33''
27 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 7' 42''
28 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL 8' 04''
29 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM 8' 12''
30 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM 8' 22''
31 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 8' 33''
32 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES 8' 52''
33 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES 8' 58''
34 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL 9' 51''
35 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 9' 57''
36 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 10' 12''
37 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE 10' 35''
38 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 10' 58''
39 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 11' 03''
40 MAXIMILIANO RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES 11' 08''
41 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES 11' 17''
42 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM 11' 26''
43 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES 11' 38''
44 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES 12' 09''
45 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS 12' 38''
46 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM 12' 48''
47 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 13' 03''
48 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X 13' 05''
49 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 13' 40''
50 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE 13' 48''
51 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 13' 56''
52 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 14' 26''
53 MARTIN BUGGE UNO-X 14' 34''
54 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX 15' 09''
55 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX 15' 27''
56 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 15' 31''
57 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM 15' 37''
58 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL 15' 40''
59 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE 15' 47''
60 MARKUS PAJUR ARKEA-SAMSIC 16' 01''
61 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X 16' 05''
62 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM 16' 22''
63 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS 16' 26''
64 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM 16' 39''
65 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 16' 52''
66 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS 17' 18''
67 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM 17' 42''
68 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON 17' 52''
69 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE 18' 06''
70 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS 18' 18''
71 DANIEL MCLAY ARKEA-SAMSIC 18' 21''
72 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE ARKEA-SAMSIC 18' 38''
73 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 19' 05''
74 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM 19' 25''
75 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X 20' 02''
76 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL 20' 30''
77 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE 20' 37''
78 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X 20' 47''
79 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL 20' 55''
80 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 22' 07''
81 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON 24' 38''
82 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 25' 22''
83 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON 27' 36''
84 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X 29' 17''
85 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON 29' 44''
86 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 31' 37''
87 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM 34' 47''
88 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 35' 51''
89 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON 38' 42''

 

Stage 4 profile:


Thursday, February 3: Stage 3, Tayma Hadaj Well - Alula Old Town, 181.2 km

Stage 3 profile

Dylan Groenewegen takes the third stage. Photo: Getty Images

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Weather at Alula near the start/finish at 1:45 PM, local time: 23C (73F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the west at 29 km/hr (18 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from the race organizer:

After a fabulous battle in the windy conditions of Saudi Arabia, stage 3 ended once again with a bunched sprint. For his third race under his new BikeExchange-Jayco colours Dylan Groenewegen managed to deliver. In the old town of AlUla, the Dutchman outsprinted Dan McLay and Caleb Ewan to conquer victory. Despite suffering all day in the echelons, Santiago Buitrago keeps the overall leader’s Green Jersey.

Seeing the riders show up close to 20min before the flag was dropped on the start line said it all… A windy day was expected and there was a tense feeling in the peloton. Indeed, shortly after leaving the impressive Tayma Hadaj well, chaos struck. The strong sidewind on the opening 30kms created all sorts of damage. Crashes (Selig and Laas),  dropped riders and of course echelons. Eventually after 14kms only 26 riders remained at the front including: Ewan (LTS), second overall, Gaviria (UAE), Oss, Turgis (TEN), Groenewegen (BEX), Bagioli, Ballerini, Senechal and three other Quickstep riders, Van Poppel (TBV), Consonni (COF) as well as White jersey and 3rd man overall Charmig (UXT), but not the overall leader Santiago Buitrago (TBV). And what a battle it would be. The front 26 reached km 30 with a 1’05’’ advantage over the Green Jersey group. Slowly that gap started dropping but it still took close to 30kms to close that gap.

After a very short moment of calm, three riders took off: Turgis (TEN), Planckaert (AFC) and Declercq (ARK). They reached the first Intermediate sprint (km 83) led out by Planckaert with a 3’20’’ advantage. After another change in direction the wind specialists of Quickstep decided to create more drama. Again the pack broke into several echelons with only 16 riders in the front group including the Green Jersey and 6 Quickstep men, but no Caleb Ewan this time. While the front three were caught, a grueling battle continued. Finally things settled down at km100 and the pack bunched up together again.

Once again, there was no stopping Anthony Turgis. The Frenchman decided to give it another go at km 102, but this time on his own. He reached the second Intermediate sprint with a 3’ lead over counter-attackers Bonifazio (TEN) and Keisse (QST) and 5’ over the pack. While the two chasers were caught, Turgis bravely continued his effort despite the strong headwind. He still had a 2’ advantage with 25kms to go. The TotalEnergies rider managed to make it to the bonus sprint with a 40’’ lead but was caught shortly after.

Despite a solo effort from Niki Terpstra with 5kms to go, the pack remained bunched all the way to the old town of Al Ula. Well led out by his new BikeExchange-Jayco team mates, Dylan Groenewegen powered to the line, beating Dan McLay (ARK) and Caleb Ewan (LTS) to win his first success of 2022, his 57th overall. After an intense battle all day long, Santago Buitrago manages to keep his overall leader’s Green Jersey and the best young rider’s White Jersey and will have a 3” advantage over Caleb Ewan when he starts tomorrow’s decisive stage 4. The Australian remains the leader of the point’s classification while Martin Urianstad keeps his Blue Jersey (most active rider).

Comlete results:

181.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 34.917 km/hr

1 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 5hr 11min 22sec
2 DANIEL MCLAY TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
3 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
4 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
5 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM s.t.
6 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
7 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X s.t.
8 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
9 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS s.t.
10 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
11 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES s.t.
12 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
13 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
14 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
15 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
16 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
17 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
18 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
19 DONAVAN GRONDIN TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
20 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
21 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
22 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
23 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM s.t.
24 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM s.t.
25 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
26 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
27 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
28 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
29 MAXIMILIANO RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
30 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
31 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X s.t.
32 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
33 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
34 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
35 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X s.t.
36 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
37 MARKUS PAJUR TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
38 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM s.t.
39 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X s.t.
40 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
41 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X s.t.
42 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES s.t.
43 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
44 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
45 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
46 RUI FELIPE ALVES UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
47 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
48 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS @ 18sec
49 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM 0' 21''
50 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE 0' 23''
51 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX 0' 29''
52 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 34''
53 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
54 G LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 47''
55 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 1' 24''
56 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
57 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
58 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
59 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 1' 44''
60 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
61 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
62 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 2' 20''
63 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 22''
64 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
65 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
66 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM s.t.
67 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
68 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
69 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
70 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
71 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM s.t.
72 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
73 FRED WRIGHT BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
74 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
75 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
76 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
77 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X s.t.
78 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X s.t.
79 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
80 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
81 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
82 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
83 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS s.t.
84 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
85 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
86 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS s.t.
87 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
88 MATTHEW CLEMENTS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
89 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 36''
90 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
91 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES 5' 27''

 

GC after stage 3:

543.1 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.889 km/hr

1 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 13hr 36min 55sec
2 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL @ 3'sec
3 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0' 13''
4 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X s.t.
5 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL 0' 17''
6 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 20''
7 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS 0' 21''
8 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
9 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
10 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
11 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
12 RUI FELIPE ALVES UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
13 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
14 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES s.t.
15 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM 0' 26''
16 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0' 32''
17 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0' 46''
18 DONAVAN GRONDIN TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 0' 48''
19 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X s.t.
20 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
21 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 1' 04''
22 G LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 1' 08''
23 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM 1' 09''
24 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
25 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
26 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
27 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES 1' 25''
28 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 1' 41''
29 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 1' 43''
30 MAXIMILIANO RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
31 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
32 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM 1' 54''
33 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX 1' 57''
34 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM 2' 04''
35 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL 2' 05''
36 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 2' 12''
37 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM 2' 13''
38 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM 2' 14''
39 MARKUS PAJUR TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 2' 18''
40 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM 2' 26''
41 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 2' 29''
42 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 2' 39''
43 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS 2' 43''
44 FRED WRIGHT BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 2' 54''
45 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 56''
46 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 3' 00''
47 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
48 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 3' 09''
49 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX 3' 10''
50 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 3' 25''
51 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 3' 30''
52 DANIEL MCLAY TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 3' 46''
53 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL 3' 52''
54 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM 3' 59''
55 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
56 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X 4' 00''
57 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 4' 03''
58 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM 4' 05''
59 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
60 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON 4' 09''
61 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4' 10''
62 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4' 25''
63 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX 4' 35''
64 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS s.t.
65 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X 4' 36''
66 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
67 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES 4' 44''
68 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X s.t.
69 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 4' 59''
70 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 5' 01''
71 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
72 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X 5' 18''
73 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 5' 22''
74 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM 5' 27''
75 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE 7' 14''
76 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON 7' 20''
77 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL 8' 13''
78 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES 8' 33''
79 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL 8' 38''
80 MATTHEW CLEMENTS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 9' 48''
81 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON 10' 03''
82 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 10' 09''
83 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 10' 47''
84 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 11' 21''
85 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X 15' 34''
86 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON 16' 01''
87 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON 18' 26''
88 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE 19' 09''
89 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM 20' 12''
90 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 20' 25''
91 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 21' 29''

 

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Wednesday, February 2: Stage 2, Taibah University - Abu Rakah, 163.9 km

Stage 2 profile

Santiago Buitrago wins stage two.

Les Woodland's book Tour of Flanders: The Inside Story - The rocky roads of the Ronde van Vlaanderen is available as an audiobook here. For the print and Kindle eBook versions, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

Weather at Alula near the start/finish at 4:00 PM, local time: 23C (73F), fair, with the wind from the south at 11 km/hr (7 mph). No rain.

The race: Here's the race organizer's stage two summary.

Stage 2 of the 2022 Saudi Tour will be a day that Santiago Buitrago will remember for a very long time. The 22-year-old Colombian captured his very first professional victory in Abu Rakha. Making the best of the final decisive climb, the Bahrain Victorious rider powered away from the pack and eventually beat to the line Andrea Bagioli (QST) and Charmig (UXT). A fine day for Buitrago who also takes the overall leader’s Green Jersey.

After yesterday’s breathtaking stage that included a passage through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hegra, the 96 riders of the 2022 Saudi Tour gathered together in front of the Taibah University for the start of stage 3. And a fast start it would be as the peloton headed towards the north west of the Al Ula region.

Things settled down when Jeroen Meijers (TSG) broke away at km2. He was rapidly caught by two other brave escapees: Best young rider of the Tour, Martin Urianstad (UXT) and Polychronis Tzortzakis (KUW), both already present in yesterday’s two breakaways. In their quest for the Most Active rider’s jersey there would be quite a battle for points between these two men. Round 1 would go Urianstad’s way when he claimed the first Intermediate Active sprint (km16) ahead of rival Tzortzakis while the peloton, not too concerned, remained 3’15’’ adrift.

The gap grew to 4’10’’ at km 30 before gradually dropping down as Thomas De Gendt took control of the peloton’s stage. With the leading trio under control, the race could go on quietly as the riders enjoyed a pleasant tailwind. At the second Intermediate Active sprint (km94), Urianstad again captured the most points comforting his lead in the blue jersey classification. Meanwhile the chasing pack led by UAE Team Emirates and Lotto-Soudal moved closer: 2’10’’. The gap dropped down to 30’’ with 25kms to go. The front men still managed to make it clear to the bonus sprint (km 142) with Urianstad beating Meijers while Tzortzakis was dropped and caught by the pack.

The last rider to survive would be Meijers but he too was gobbled up by the pack at km 150.

With just over 6 kilometres to go Julius Jayde (KUW) gave it a go on his own but the South African’s solo effort only lasted two kilometres. Eventually on the final climb of the day to reach Abu Rakha at 1273m in altitude, Santiago Buitrago (TBV) and Daniel Oss (TEN) pulled away. They were soon caught by Andrea Bagioli who had clearly recovered from his crash yesterday. While Oss failed to follow, Buitrago remained smatrly in the wheel of his Italian companion. The Colombian made his decisive move in the final 100m, beating Bagioli by just a second while Anthon Charmig (UXT) finished third at 7”. Buitrago claims his first ever pro success in his second year under the Bahrain Victorious colours. He also captures the overall leader’s Green Jersey but only has a slim 7” advantage over Caleb Ewan (LTS), sixth today and still in the lead of the point’s classification. Alongside the overall lead, Buitrago also becomes the best young rider of the event while Urianstad keeps the Blue Jersey.

Complete results:

163.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.690 km/hr

1 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 3hr 43min 51sec
2 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL @ 1sec
3 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 0' 07''
4 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
5 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
6 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
7 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS 0' 11''
8 RUI FELIPE ALVES UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
9 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
10 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
11 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
12 LAWSON CRADDOCK BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
13 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
14 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS s.t.
15 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES s.t.
16 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
17 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
18 JAN MAAS BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 16''
19 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
20 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM 0' 22''
21 FRED WRIGHT BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
22 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 0' 26''
23 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE 0' 28''
24 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 38''
25 DONAVAN GRONDIN TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
26 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
27 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
28 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
29 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
30 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
31 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 0' 54''
32 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM s.t.
33 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM 0' 59''
34 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
35 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
36 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
37 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM s.t.
38 MICHAEL HEPBURN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 1' 09''
39 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX 1' 18''
40 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
41 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
42 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
43 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM 1' 33''
44 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
45 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
46 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
47 MAXIMILIANO ARIEL RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
48 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
49 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
50 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
51 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM s.t.
52 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON 1' 37''
53 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
54 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL 1' 55''
55 MATTHEW CLEMENTS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 2' 03''
56 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS s.t.
57 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
58 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
59 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
60 MARKUS PAJUR TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC 2' 08''
61 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL 2' 29''
62 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
63 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
64 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
65 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
66 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
67 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
68 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 2' 41''
69 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE 2' 46''
70 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
71 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
72 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
73 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 2' 50''
74 LUKA MEZGEC BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
75 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES 2' 56''
76 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL 03' 42''
77 DANIEL MCLAY TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
78 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
79 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM 3' 49''
80 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
81 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
82 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 4' 26''
83 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 4' 34''
84 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES s.t.
85 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
86 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
87 SIMON DEHAIRS ALPECIN-FENIX 5' 12''
88 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
89 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL 5' 17''
90 RÜDIGER SELIG LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
91 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 6' 17''
92 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON 6' 34''
93 MEHDI TIGRINE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 9' 55''
94 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 10' 57''
95 AHMED MADAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS 11' 21''

 

GC after stage 2:

361.9 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 42.95 km/hr

1  Santiago Buitrago Bahrain Victorious 8hr 25min 33sec
2  Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal @ 7sec
3  Anthon Charmig Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:13
4  Rui Costa UAE Team Emirates 0:14
5  Maxim Van Gils Lotto Soudal 0:17
6  Tim Declercq Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 0:20
7  Simone Consonni Cofidis 0:21
8  Cyril Barthe B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
9  Danny van Poppel BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
10  Ruben Fernandez Cofidis s.t.
11  Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
12  Benjamin Declercq Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
13  Alexandre Geniez TotalEnergies s.t.
14  Axel Zingle Cofidis s.t.
15  Daniel Oss TotalEnergies s.t.
16  Lawson Craddock BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
17  Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels-KTM 0:26
18  Fernando Gaviria UAE Team Emirates 0:32
19  Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious s.t.
20  Cian Uijtdebroeks BORA-hansgrohe 0:38
21  Jasha Sütterlin Bahrain Victorious 0:48
22  Donavan Grondin Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
23  Maurice Ballerstedt Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
24  Fredrik Dversnes Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
25  Victor De La Parte TotalEnergies s.t.
26  Florian Sénéchal Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
27  Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious 1:04
28  Alex Edmondson BikeExchange-Jayco 1:07
29  Alberto Dainese Team DSM 1:09
30  Jonathan Milan Bahrain Victorious s.t.
31  Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
32  Alexis Renard Cofidis s.t.
33  Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies 1:28
34  Xandro Meurisse Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
35  Martin Urianstad Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 1:38
36  Cyril Lemoine B&B Hotels-KTM 1:43
37  Bert Van Lerberghe Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
38  Lennard Kämna BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
39  Maximiliano Richeze UAE Team Emirates s.t.
40  Niklas Märkl Team DSM s.t.
41  Yousef Mirza UAE Team Emirates s.t.
42  Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff Terengganu Polygon 1:47
43  Jan Maas BikeExchange-Jayco 1:48
44  Joris Nieuwenhuis Team DSM 1:54
45  Jannik Steimle Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 2:01
46  Jasper De Buyst Lotto Soudal 2:05
47  Jérémy Lecroq B&B Hotels-KTM 2:13
48  Jakub Mareczko Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
49  Davide Cimolai Cofidis s.t.
50  Julien Morice B&B Hotels-KTM 2:14
51  Markus Pajur Team Arkéa-Samsic 2:18
52  Casper Van Uden Team DSM 2:26
53  Felix Gross UAE Team Emirates 2:39
54  Davide Ballerini Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
55  Dylan Groenewegen BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
56  Christophe Noppe Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
57  Wesley Kreder Cofidis s.t.
58  Michael Hepburn BikeExchange-Jayco 2:41
59  Kamil Gradek Bahrain Victorious 2:51
60  Lars Saugstad Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 2:56
61  Jordi Meeus BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
62  Iljo Keisse Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl s.t.
63  Luka Mezgec BikeExchange-Jayco 3:00
64  Jayde Julius Kuwait Pro Cycling Team s.t.
65  Sam Welsford Team DSM 3:05
66  Niccolo Bonifazio TotalEnergies 3:06
67  Alexander Konychev BikeExchange-Jayco 3:12
68  Daniel McLay Team Arkéa-Samsic 3:52
69  Roger Kluge Lotto Soudal s.t.
70  Nico Denz Team DSM 3:59
71  Tim Naberman Team DSM s.t.
72  Ryan Mullen BORA-hansgrohe 4:11
73  Erlend Blikra Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 4:36
74  Martin Laas BORA-hansgrohe 4:38
75  Mohd Harrif Saleh Terengganu Polygon 4:44
76  Dries van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
77  Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
78  Simon Dehairs Alpecin-Fenix 5:22
79  Rüdiger Selig Lotto Soudal 5:27
80  Thomas De Gendt Lotto Soudal 6:16
81  Jarrad Drizners Lotto Soudal 6:49
82  Matthew Clements Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 7:26
83  Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu Polygon 7:41
84  Niki Terpstra TotalEnergies 7:49
85  James Jobber Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 8:25
86  Abdulhadi Alajmi Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 8:59
87  Jeroen Meijers Terengganu Polygon 13:39
88  Syver Wærsted Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 15:34
89  Afiq Othman Terengganu Polygon 16:04
90  Matteo Fabbro BORA-hansgrohe 16:47
91  Mehdi Tigrine Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 17:02
92  Jens Debusschere B&B Hotels-KTM 17:50
93  Polychronis Tzortzakis Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 18:03
94  Ahmed Madan Bahrain Victorious 18:28
95  Andrea Bagioli Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl 19:45

 

Stage 2 profile:

Stage 2 profile

 


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Tuesday, February 1: Stage 1, Winter Park - Winter Park, 198 km

Stage 1 profile

Caleb Ewan is the day's fast man. Photo: ASO/Alex Broadway

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Weather at Alula near the start/finish of Winter Park at 4:00 PM, local time: 18C (64F), fair, with the wind from the north at 11 km/hr (7 mph). No rain.

The race: Here's the race organizer's report:

The Saudi Tour is back and it returns with a bang. The opening stage of this second edition that now takes place in the region of AlUla, north-west of the Kingdom, ended as expected with a bunched sprint. After surviving the 7-km long gravel section through the spectacular site of Hegra the pack made it bunched to Winter Park where Caleb Ewan (LTS) conquered his first win of the year. The Australian beats Martin Laas (BOR) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE) to claim the first Green Jersey of this Saudi Tour.

Two years after the inaugural Saudi Tour took place in and around Riyadh, it was back to racing in Saudi Arabia but this time in the north western part of the Kingdom around AlUla. A splendid setting and perfect weather conditions for the start of stage 1 at the Winter Park. After the strong wind blowing during the opening ceremony a day prior in front of the impressive Elephant Rock, it was far calmer for this opening stage.

THREE IN THE LEAD
Shortly after 11 AM, the 96 riders representing 15 teams took off for a 198-km race that would include a gravel sequence while going through the picturesque Hegra zone. It took just a kilometre for Polychronis Tzortzakis (KUW) to break away from the pack. The Greek was rapidly caught by two other escapees: Urianstad (UXT) and Mat Amin (TSG). The leading trio reached the first Intermediate Most Active Rider sprint (km 18) with an advantage of 3’40’’ as Urianstad captured the most points. The pack eventually started chasing led out by teams BikeExchange-Jayco and Lotto-Soudal. Just before a change in direction the gap had dropped down to 1’30’’ and with the wind that had picked up blowing from the side, the pack accelerated. After a brave first effort, the front men were caught at km 75.5.

UNTIRING DUO
Another left turn meant the wind would be even more favourable and the pace of the pack continued picking up. There was no breaking away at this speed... at least until km 102 when Urianstad and Tzortzakis again powered away. At the second Intermediate Active sprint won by Urianstad, the gap over the peloton had reached 1’30’’. Their second effort was once again vain as the Norwegian and his Greek companion were caught again at km 147. The pack remained bunched as it entered the splendid site of Hegra.

SPLENDID HEGRA 
Once on the 7-km long gravel section of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hegra, drama occurred early. Indeed, a crash sent several riders to the ground including Italy’s Andrea Bagioli (QST). Among the dropped riders was also Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra (TEN). Meanwhile teams Lotto-Soudal and Quickstep were pushing hard at the front.

MIRZA IN THE LEAD 
With 11 kms to go, UAE’s Youssif Mirza managed to take off. The rider from the Emirates saw his lead grow gradually to 15” just five kilometres from the line. But it wouldn’t be enough to stay clear of the hungry pack. He was caught just before the final 3-km sign. Well led out by his Lotto-Soudal sprint train, Caleb Ewan flew to victory. For his debut at the Saudi Tour, the Australian crossed the line with a comfortable lead over Marttin Laas (BOR) and Fernando Gaviria. Ewan naturally captures the first overall leader’s Green Jersey of this edition. He also takes command of the point’s classification while Martin Urianstad claims the Blue Jersey for the Most Active Rider as well as the White Jersey for the best young rider.

Complete results:

198 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.148 km/hr

1 CALEB EWAN LOTTO SOUDAL 4Hr 41min 52sec
2 MARTIN LAAS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
3 FERNANDO GAVIRIA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
4 JASPER DE BUYST LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
5 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO TOTALENERGIES s.t.
6 FELIX GROSS UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
7 SIMON DEHAIRS ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
8 DAVIDE BALLERINI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
9 JÉRÉMY LECROQ B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
10 SIMONE CONSONNI COFIDIS s.t.
11 DANIEL MCLAY TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
12 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
13 ALBERTO DAINESE TEAM DSM s.t.
14 ERLEND BLIKRA UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
15 JAKUB MARECZKO ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
16 CYRIL LEMOINE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
17 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
18 MOHD HARRIF SALEH TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
19 DANNY VAN POPPEL BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
20 JASHA SÜTTERLIN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
21 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
22 BERT VAN LERBERGHE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
23 FRED WRIGHT BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
24 ANTHONY TURGIS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
25 JONATHAN MILAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
26 RUBEN FERNANDEZ COFIDIS s.t.
27 ELIOT LIETAER B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
28 MAXIM VAN GILS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
29 LENNARD KÄMNA BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
30 DONAVAN GRONDIN TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
31 DRIES VAN GESTEL TOTALENERGIES s.t.
32 MAXIMILIANO ARIEL RICHEZE UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
33 RUI COSTA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
34 ANTHON CHARMIG UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
35 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
36 MARKUS PAJUR TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
37 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO SANCHEZ BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
38 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
39 RUI FELIPE ALVES OLIVEIRA UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
40 LUKA MEZGEC TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
41 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM DSM s.t.
42 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
43 TIM DECLERCQ QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
44 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI UAE TEAM EMIRATES s.t.
45 FREDRIK DVERSNES UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
46 WESLEY KREDER COFIDIS s.t.
47 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ TOTALENERGIES s.t.
48 KAMIL GRADEK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
49 EDWARD PLANCKAERT ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
50 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
51 ALEXIS RENARD COFIDIS s.t.
52 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
53 FILIP MACIEJUK BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
54 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
55 VICTOR DE LA PARTE TOTALENERGIES s.t.
56 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
57 NICO DENZ TEAM DSM s.t.
58 TIM NABERMAN TEAM DSM s.t.
59 RÜDIGER SELIG LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
60 JORDI MEEUS BORA-HANSGROHE s.t.
61 XANDRO MEURISSE ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
62 SJOERD BAX ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
63 JULIUS JAYDE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
64 AXEL ZINGLE COFIDIS s.t.
65 DANIEL OSS TOTALENERGIES s.t.
66 ROGER KLUGE LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
67 FLORIAN SENECHAL QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
68 ILJO KEISSE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL s.t.
69 G LAWSON CRADDOCK TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
70 DAVIDE CIMOLAI COFIDIS s.t.
71 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO @ 19sec
72 RYAN MULLEN BORA-HANSGROHE 0' 21''
73 JANNIK STEIMLE QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 0' 33''
74 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 0' 36''
75 JULIEN MORICE B&B HOTELS-KTM 1' 05''
76 NIKI TERPSTRA TOTALENERGIES 1' 22''
77 CASPER VAN UDEN TEAM DSM s.t.
78 MICHAEL HEPBURN TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
79 JAN MAAS TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO s.t.
80 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM DSM s.t.
81 JARRAD DRIZNERS LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
82 SAM WELSFORD TEAM DSM s.t.
83 ABDULHADI ALAJMI KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 3' 37''
84 THOMAS DE GENDT LOTTO SOUDAL s.t.
85 MATTHEW CLEMENTS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 5' 13''
86 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN TERENGGANU POLYGON 5' 54''
87 MEHDI TIGRINE KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM 6' 57''
88 AHMED MADAN BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS s.t.
89 JAMES JOBBER KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
90 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
91 JEROEN MEIJERS TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
92 MATTEO FABBRO BORA-HANSGROHE 13' 51''
93 JENS DEBUSSCHERE B&B HOTELS-KTM s.t.
94 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM s.t.
95 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN TERENGGANU POLYGON s.t.
96 ANDREA BAGIOLI QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL 19' 40''

 

GC after stage one:

  • GC leader: Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Points classification leader: Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
  • Active rider classification leader: Martin Bugge Urianstad (UNO-X)
  • Best young rider: Martin Bugge Urianstad (UNO-X)
  • Team classification leader: Lotto Soudal
1  Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 4hr 41min 42sec
2  Martin Laas BORA-hansgrohe @ 4sec
3  Fernando Gaviria UAE Team Emirates 0:06
4  Rui Costa UAE Team Emirates 0:07
5  Martin Urianstad Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:08
6  Tim Declercq Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:09
7  Jasper De Buyst Lotto Soudal 0:10
8  Niccolo Bonifazio TotalEnergies s.t.
9  Felix Gross UAE Team Emirates s.t.
10  Simon Dehairs Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
11  Davide Ballerini Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team s.t.
12  Jérémy Lecroq B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
13  Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
14  Daniel McLay Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
15  Dylan Groenewegen Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
16  Alberto Dainese Team DSM s.t.
17  Erlend Blikra Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
18  Jakub Mareczko Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
19  Cyril Lemoine B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
20  Cyril Barthe B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
21  Mohd Harrif Saleh Terengganu Polygon s.t.
22  Danny van Poppel BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
23  Jasha Sütterlin Bahrain Victorious s.t.
24  Christophe Noppe Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
25  Bert Van Lerberghe Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team s.t.
26  Fred Wright Bahrain Victorious s.t.
27  Anthony Turgis TotalEnergies s.t.
28  Jonathan Milan Bahrain Victorious s.t.
29  Ruben Fernandez Cofidis s.t.
30  Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
31  Maxim Van Gils Lotto Soudal s.t.
32  Lennard Kämna BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
33  Donavan Grondin Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
34  Dries van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
35  Maximiliano Richeze UAE Team Emirates s.t.
36  Anthon Charmig Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
37  Maurice Ballerstedt Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
38  Markus Pajur Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
39  Santiago Buitrago Bahrain Victorious s.t.
40  Benjamin Declercq Team Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
41  Rui Oliveira UAE Team Emirates s.t.
42  Luka Mezgec Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
43  Niklas Märkl Team DSM s.t.
44  Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
45  Yousef Mirza UAE Team Emirates s.t.
46  Fredrik Dversnes Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
47  Wesley Kreder Cofidis s.t.
48  Alexandre Geniez TotalEnergies s.t.
49  Kamil Gradek Bahrain Victorious s.t.
50  Edward Planckaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
51  Alexis Renard Cofidis s.t.
52  Nur Aiman Mohd Zariff Terengganu Polygon s.t.
53  Filip Maciejuk Bahrain Victorious s.t.
54  Lars Saugstad Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
55  Victor De La Parte TotalEnergies s.t.
56  Cian Uijtdebroeks BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
57  Nico Denz Team DSM s.t.
58  Tim Naberman Team DSM s.t.
59  Rüdiger Selig Lotto Soudal s.t.
60  Jordi Meeus BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
61  Xandro Meurisse Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
62  Sjoerd Bax Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
63  Jayde Julius Kuwait Pro Cycling Team s.t.
64  Axel Zingle Cofidis s.t.
65  Daniel Oss TotalEnergies s.t.
66  Roger Kluge Lotto Soudal s.t.
67  Florian Sénéchal Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team s.t.
68  Iljo Keisse Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team s.t.
69  Lawson Craddock Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
70  Davide Cimolai Cofidis s.t.
71  Alex Edmondson Team BikeExchange-Jayco 0:29
72  Ryan Mullen BORA-hansgrohe s.t.
73  Jannik Steimle Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:43
74  Alexander Konychev Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
75  Julien Morice B&B Hotels-KTM 1:15
76  Niki Terpstra TotalEnergies 1:32
77  Casper Van Uden Team DSM s.t.
78  Michael Hepburn Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
79  Jan Maas Team BikeExchange-Jayco s.t.
80  Joris Nieuwenhuis Team DSM s.t.
81  Jarrad Drizners Lotto Soudal s.t.
82  Sam Welsford Team DSM s.t.
83  Abdulhadi Alajmi Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 3:47
84  Thomas De Gendt Lotto Soudal s.t.
85  Matthew Clements Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 5:23
86  Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin Terengganu Polygon 6:04
87  Mehdi Tigrine Kuwait Pro Cycling Team 7:07
88  Ahmed Madan Bahrain Victorious s.t.
89  James Jobber Kuwait Pro Cycling Team s.t.
90  Polychronis Tzortzakis Kuwait Pro Cycling Team s.t.
91  Jeroen Meijers Terengganu Polygon s.t.
92  Matteo Fabbro BORA-hansgrohe 14:01
93  Jens Debusschere B&B Hotels-KTM s.t.
94  Syver Wærsted Uno-X Pro Cycling Team s.t.
95  Afiq Othman Terengganu Polygon s.t.
96  Andrea Bagioli Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 19:50

 

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Start list with back numbers, January 31, 2022:

UAE TEAM EMIRATES
1 RUI COSTA
2 RUI FELIPE ALVES OLIVEIRA
3 FERNANDO GAVIRIA
4 FELIX GROß
5 YOUSIF MIRZA AL-HAMMADI
6 MAXIMILIANO ARIEL RICHEZE
TOTALENERGIES
11 NICCOLÒ BONIFAZIO
12 VICTOR DE LA PARTE
13 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ
14 DANIEL OSS
15 NIKI TERPSTRA
16 ANTHONY TURGIS
17 DRIES VAN GESTEL
TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO
21 DYLAN GROENEWEGEN
22 G LAWSON CRADDOCK
23 ALEXANDER EDMONDSON
24 MICHAEL HEPBURN
25 ALEXANDER KONYCHEV
26 JAN MAAS
27 LUKA MEZGEC
LOTTO SOUDAL
31 CALEB EWAN
32 JASPER DE BUYST
33 THOMAS DE GENDT
34 JARRAD DRIZNERS
35 ROGER KLUGE
36 RÜDIGER SELIG
37 MAXIM VAN GILS
QUICK-STEP ALPHA VINYL TEAM
41 ANDREA BAGIOLI
42 DAVIDE BALLERINI
43 TIM DECLERCQ
44 ILJO KEISSE
45 FLORIAN SENECHAL
46 JANNIK STEIMLE
47 BERT VAN LERBERGHE
BORA-HANSGROHE
51 LENNARD KÄMNA
52 MATTEO FABBRO
53 MARTIN LAAS
54 JORDI MEEUS
55 RYAN MULLEN
56 CIAN UIJTDEBROEKS
57 DANNY VAN POPPEL
BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS
61 SANTIAGO BUITRAGO SANCHEZ
62 KAMIL GRADEK
63 FILIP MACIEJUK
64 AHMED MADAN
65 JONATHAN MILAN
66 JASHA SÜTTERLIN
67 FRED WRIGHT
COFIDIS
71 SIMONE CONSONNI
72 DAVIDE CIMOLAI
73 RUBEN FERNANDEZ
74 WESLEY KREDER
75 ALEXIS RENARD
76 AXEL ZINGLE
ALPECIN-FENIX
81 JAKUB MARECZKO
82 MAURICE BALLERSTEDT
83 SJOERD BAX
84 SIMON DEHAIRS
85 XANDRO MEURISSE
86 EDWARD PLANCKAERT
TEAM DSM
91 ALBERTO DAINESE
92 NICO DENZ
93 NIKLAS MÄRKL
94 TIM NABERMAN
95 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS
96 CASPER VAN UDEN
97 SAM WELSFORD
TEAM ARKEA-SAMSIC
101 DANIEL MCLAY
102 BENJAMIN DECLERCQ
103 DONAVAN GRONDIN
104 CHRISTOPHE NOPPE
105 MARKUS PAJUR
B&B HOTELS-KTM
111 CYRIL BARTHE
112 JENS DEBUSSCHERE
113 JÉRÉMY LECROQ
114 CYRIL LEMOINE
115 ELIOT LIETAER
116 JULIEN MORICE
UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM
121 SYVER WÆRSTED
122 JONAS ABRAHAMSEN
123 ERLEND BLIKRA
124 ANTHON CHARMIG
125 FREDRIK DVERSNES
126 LARS SAUGSTAD
127 MARTIN BUGGE URIANSTAD
TERENGGANU POLYGON CYCLING TEAM
131 MOHD SHAHRUL MAT AMIN
132 JEROEN MEIJERS
133 MUHAMAD NUR AIMAN MOHD ZARIFF
134 MUHAMAD AFIQ HUZNIE OTHMAN
135 MOHD HARRIF SALEH
KUWAIT PRO CYCLING TEAM
141 POLYCHRONIS TZORTZAKIS
142 ABDULHADI ALAJMI
143 MATTHEW CLEMENTS
144 JAMES JOBBER
145 JULIUS JAYDE
146 MEHDI TIGRINE