The sprinters were not to be denied the opportunity to race for another stage win on UAE Tour stage four with the final rider from the day’s two-rider breakaway, which went clear as soon as the flag dropped, was caught with seven kilometers, of the 173-kilometer course, to go.
The duo was initially able to extend their advantage out to more than four minutes but, in anticipation of what was to come, the peloton maintained control of the race and eventually, after 40km of racing, the gap settled at around two minutes 30 seconds.
Despite some strong winds and nerves in the bunch going in the final 50 kilometers, CCC Team maintained a strong position up near the front to keep Mareckzo safe for the upcoming bunch sprint that would eventually see him secure his second top ten finish of the race.
The final left-hand bend onto the home straight helped to set up a messy race for the line in the closing meters of the day but despite coming out of the slightly further down the peloton, CCC Team’s Italian sprinter was able to power his way up through the bunch so eventually battle to seventh place.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“Another top ten finish is not bad especially with the sprinters that are here. Once again, it was a relatively straightforward day in the bunch although there were a couple of crashes that we were thankfully able to avoid. The nerves started to build as we entered the final 50 kilometers and the wind started to pick up but, I still had my teammates with me, protecting me, and they did a great job again. There was a left-hand bend just before the finish and there, I was pushed back a little bit in the bunch but when I launched my sprint, I was able to move up through the field. It was chaotic in the end, like on stage one, but I think I can be happy with the result. I am still feeling good so, I hope that continues and I can give it another good go on the final two stages.”
Stage 4: Zabeel Park > Dubai City Walk (173km)
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo Visma) 2. Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates) 3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team Top 3: 7. Jakub Mareczko 41. Ilnur Zakarin 51. Victor de la Parte