David Dekker finished second in the fourth stage of the Tour of the United Arab Emirates. The 23-year-old Dutch cyclist from Jumbo-Visma had to leave the victory in the sprint to the Irishman Sam Bennett of Deceuninck – Quick-Step after a more than 200 kilometer ride around Al Marjan Island. Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) finished third. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) remains leader in the standings.
On Thursday, the fifth stage will cover 170 kilometers from the Fujairah Marine Club to Jebel Jais. The Tour of the United Arab Emirates is the first race of this year that is part of the UCI WorldTour. Last year, Adam Yates won the stage race of a shortened version due to the corona virus.
Dekker, the son of former pro Erik Dekker, became Dutch champion in 2019. Jumbo took him over from the SEG Racing Academy training team.
For Bennett it was the fiftieth victory in his professional career. “I had to wait a few days for this opportunity,” he said afterwards. “This was my first bunch sprint of the season and so I was really nervous. In the end I had only one thing to do: follow my teammates. They did a great job. I’m proud to finish it. It’s my 50th victory as a pro. That looks nice. “