UAE Tour 2020, February 23- February 29

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A minute between the top 2 and another half or so to the next three is an unexpected outcome for me.
Thought Yates took off just to break the rhythm in the bunch, but he destroyed them completely.
Pogačar underperformed and will have a hard time making this up the day after tomorrow.
There's that stage close to the coast too, so the race is still on, although...
 
I think this stage race is over. Quintana-esque (2020) performance by Yatesy. Pogacar not bad--probably stronger at this point in the season than he was last year. Valverde not in form. Well, it's very early in the season.
 
Pogacar had a couple of peaks last year, including a late-ish one at the Vuelta, so he may have been looking for a slower build up this year.

He's targeting the Tour so I'd wouldn't read much into this result -- although I'm sure he would have gone for the win if he could have.

Yates might be the best mountain stage hunter out there right now; he could win another GT under the right circumstances. Outstanding rider. I'm a fan.
 
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Pogacar had a couple of peaks last year, including a late-ish one at the Vuelta, so he may have been looking for a slower build up this year.

He's targeting the Tour so I'd wouldn't read much into this result -- although I'm sure he would have gone for the win if he could have.

Yates might be the best mountain stage hunter out there right now; he could win another GT under the right circumstances. Outstanding rider. I'm a fan.
Problem is usually the ITT. Although the Yates bros have had some great TT performances every once in a while. Like Simon Yates winning a more or less flat 25k TT in Paris Nice last year:
 

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