Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar wins UAE Tour

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Tour de France champion Tadej Pogacar won the UAE Tour, finishing the weeklong race 35 seconds ahead of British rider Adam Yates.

The Slovenian’s success was also a win for the United Arab Emirates, as he competes for UAE Team Emirates. Joao Almeida of Portugal was third overall, 62 second behind Pogacar.

“Every win, every race has its own story. I want to continue like this,” Pogacar said.

Caleb Ewan of Australia edged out Irishman Sam Bennett in a sprint to win the seventh and final stage – a 147-kilometer (91-mile) route from Yas Island to Abu Dhabi Breakwater.

Yates, who won last year’s race, recovered from a crash that took down a section of the peloton about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the finish. His team, INEOS Grenadiers, said he would be checked at a hospital as a precaution.

“He sustained cuts and bruises to his face but he does not appear to have suffered any more significant injuries,” the team said on Twitter.

Chris Froome, a four-time Tour de France winner, finished the race 22 minutes back in his debut with the Israel Start-Up Nation team.

Chris Harper of Australia was fourth overall, 1:42 minutes behind Pogacar and three seconds ahead of American rider Neilson Powless in fifth.

Pogacar won the rescheduled Tour de France in September, becoming the second-youngest winner in race history.

Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles

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WOLLONGONG, Australia – Soren Waerenskjold repeated Norway’s gold medal success at the world road cycling championships a day after Tobias Foss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Waerenskjold won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championships with a dominant performance. He clocked 34 minutes, 13.40 seconds over the 28.8-kilometer course to beat Belgian Alec Segaert by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, the younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds off the pace for the bronze medal.

Foss beat a strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals, while Dutch ace Ellen van Dijk beat Australian Grace Brown to take out the women’ elite time trial.

The mixed relay time trial is set for Wednesday. The championships conclude on the weekend with the women’s road race on Saturday and the men’s on Sunday.

Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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WOLLONGONG, Australia – Ellen van Dijk defended her title and claimed a third women’s time trial gold medal at the opening event of the world road cycling championships on Sunday.

Taking advantage of a technical course the Dutch star maintained a perfectly paced cadence to beat Australia’s Grace Brown by 12.79 seconds to defend the time trial gold she won last year. Swiss rival Marlen Reusser took bronze.

Local favorite Brown was one of the early staters and set a blistering time around the 34.2 kilometer (21.3 miles) course at the scenic coastal town center of Wollongong, south of Sydney.

No other in the 45-strong field could get close to Brown’s time of 44 minutes 41.33 seconds until the final pair of van Dijk and Reusser, who claimed silver at last year’s world championships in Belgium, both clocked faster at the first time check.

Reusser then faded to finish more than 41 seconds off Brown’s time, but van Dijk powered on to claim her third gold medal in a time of 44:28.60.

Olympic time trial champion and two-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk.

Later Sunday, Vuelta a Espana winner Remco Evenepoel from Belgium, Italian two-time defending world champion Filippo Ganna and two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar from Slovenia headline the men’s event.

Other major races are the mixed relay time trial on Wednesday and the women’s road race next Saturday before the men’s race on the closing day Sunday, with local star and Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley racing the clock to recover from COVID-19 to take his place in the race.