From Palm Jumeirah through the desert, towards the Hajar Mountains to the short punchy climb Hatta Dam, after 197km. It was on the menu of stage 4, the longest of this edition. For Manuele Boaro and the Astana Pro Team it wasn’t a lucky day. Fraile and Izagirre were involved in a crash, with about 6km to go, that prevented the Kazakh team to try to contest the stage win.
“Unfortunately my teammates crashed” Manuele says after the race showing the signs of a day affected by the wind that blew the desert sand “I didn’t hit the ground, but I have to stop and then I lost contact with the first group”