Team UAE's Polanc surpasses expectations in Giro time trial

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UAE Team Emirates rider Jan Polanc was pleased with his time trialling, as he’s not used to a race against the clock in such prestigious company.

Polanc finished 15th in the stage, 2:35 behind runaway leader Tom Dumoulin but finished above General Classification contenders Thibaut Pinot who was 19th, Steven Kruijswijk in 20th and Nairo Quintana in 23rd.

Team-mate Rui Costa also enjoyed a top-25 finish, as the Portuguese was 15 seconds behind Polanc in 21st.

Polanc, who stands 14th overall, said: “I felt really good during the time trial and I’m quite happy with my performance. I don’t usually take part in a time trial with the aim of competing against the top riders of the General Classification.

“However I am very pleased and feel that I have succeeded in achieving a great result.

“My performance was better than many riders who will be contesting the final victory.”

Tuesday’s Stage 11 is 161 km long and starts in Florence and is considered a good route for climbers and descenders taking in four categorised climbs.

Stage Ten Results
1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 00:50:37
2 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 00:00:49
3 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) 00:00:56
15 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) 00:02:35

General Classification after Stage Ten

1 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 42:57:16
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 0:02:23
3 Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo) 0:02:38
14 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) 00:06:51

Mountains Classification after Stage Ten

1 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) Points = 44
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) Points = 35
3 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) Points = 27

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UAE's Polanc maintains Giro d'Italia mountains classification lead

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UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc maintained his lead in the Mountains Classification at the end of the ninth stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia on Sunday.

The brutal Blockhaus climb was conquered by Nairo Quintana (Movistar) making him the General Classification leader.

The UAE outfit have a day off racing after nine hard stages and 1,667 km, as Monday will see the second rest day of the Giro before stage ten begins in Foligno.

Stage ten is a hilly Individual Time Trial on a route between Foligno and Montefalco and is the first of two at the Giro d’Italia. At 39.8km, the riders cover an undulating route with the last 4.5 kilometres going slightly uphill.

General Classification after Stage Nine

1 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 42:06:09
2 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 0:00:28
3 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 0:00:30
15 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) 00:04:46
18 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) 00:05:52

Mountains Classification after Stage Nine

1 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) Points = 44
2 Nairo Quintana (Movistar) Points = 35
3 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) Points = 27

Teams Classification after Stage Nine

1 Movistar
2 Astana
3 UAE Team Emirates

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UAE Team Emirates' Yousif Mirza set for WorldTour debut at Tour of California

Denzil Pinto 13/05/2017
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Raring to go: Yousif Mirza (l)

Emirati rider Yousif Mirza has vowed to give his best on his WorldTour debut after he was named in UAE Team Emirates’ seven-man squad for the Amgen Tour of California.

The 28-year-old will line up in the race, which begins on Sunday, alongside colleagues Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Marko Kump, Vergad Stake Laengen, Kristjian Durasek, Federico Zurlo and Andrea Guardini.

For Mirza, who became the first road cyclist to represent the UAE at the 2016 Olympic Games, is looking forward to testing himself.

“This will be my first WorldTour tour and I will do my best to give all my support to the team,” he said. “The weather is wonderful in California and just ideal for cycling. We are ready to take on the Tour of California and looking for some stage wins.”

The seven-stage race starts in Sacramento on Sunday with the course involving sprints, a mountain climb and an individual time trial before the grand finish in  Pasadena on May 20.

Marco Scirea, sporting director of UAE Team Emirates, said: “Our goal in this race is for our young riders to gain experience as well as some great results.

“For the first time the Tour of California is now part of the UCI WorldTour calendar and it is important that the team does well. Our confirmed line up for this race is strong as we have riders like Consonni, for the sprint, Ganna for the Individual Time Trial and Durasek for the General Classification.”

World champion Peter Sagan, winner of the 2015 edition, of Bora-Hansgrohe will be aiming to add more honours to his CV, while the field also includes two-time defending Dubai Tour champion Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Team Sky’s  Elia Viviani.

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