Stage 2 at the UAE Tour was designed to be a sprint one. Plan-flat, it was not easy anyway due to strong crosswinds, that split the peloton and made harder the catch to the day’s breakaway, that ended with less than 15km to go. Then a bunch gallop to Abu Dhabi, for the expected sprint, won by Gaviria.
“It was a stressful day due to crosswinds, but we managed to protect our leader Gorka Izagirre, avoiding risks to lose precious seconds. Now focus on tomorrow’s stage with a steep final climb”.