UAE Tour 2023-Adam Yates vincitore 7° tappa
Podio finale UAE Tour 2023
Evenepoel wins 2023 UAE Tour after Yates triumphs on Jebel Hafeet
Remco Evenepoel rider wins the Red Jersey, 59 seconds ahead of Lucas Plapp, as Adam Yates shines on the concluding climb. 
Evenepoel also claims the White Jersey, Tim Merlier takes the Green Jersey, and
Edward Planckaert the Black Jersey.H.E Mugheer Al Khaili – Chairman of Community Development, H.E Aref Al Awani – General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, H.E Mubarak Al Muhairi – Undersecretary of the Education and Knowledge Department, Abdullah Al Rashedi – CEO of Tomouh Healthcare – subsidiary of IHC, Ayed Al Ahbabi – Legal Counselor at Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Ahmed Ibrahim – Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at IHC congratulate the top three riders on GC (©UAE Tour)Jebel Hafeet (Abu Dhabi), 26 February 2023 – Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) produced an incredible climbing display to win the International Holding Company Stage on Jebel Hafeet before Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) was crowned the overall winner of the race.Yates timed his effort to perfection as he scaled the iconic, final ascent in style, crossing the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Evenepoel, with Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team) 32 seconds further back in third.

Evenepoel’s gutsy performance proved enough for him to wrap up the Red Jersey with a 59-second advantage over Lucas Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers). Yates’s stage-winning display saw him finish in third place overall, one second behind Plapp.

Evenepoel ‘s race-winning performance also saw him claim the White Jersey, while Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) and Edward Planckaert (Alpecin-Deceuninck) both held on to their respective Green and Black Jerseys. And UAE Team Emirates also enjoyed a trip to the podium, having won the Team Classification.


Stage 7 got underway at Al Ain’s Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and five riders formed the day’s main breakaway almost as soon as the start flag was lowered. Their lead temporarily grew to over six minutes, but had been reduced to under three minutes as they began the concluding climb of the day, and they were all swept up with 6km to go.

Then the battle of the best climbers in the race ensued and it was Yates who emerged triumphant at the summit of Jebel Hafeet before Evenepoel took the overall crown.

(©UAE Tour)



UAE Tour 2023-Adam Yates vincitore 7° tappa

1 – Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates), 170km in 3h29’42”, average speed 43.776km/h
2 – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) at 10″
3 – Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team) at 42″

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Podio finale UAE Tour 2023

1 – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)
2 – Lucas Plapp (Ineos Grenaders) at 59″
3 – Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) at 1’00”

(©Sprint Cycling Agency)


  • Red Jersey, General Classification. Sponsor: International Holding Company
    – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)
  • Green Jersey, Points Classification. Sponsor: BeIT – Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step)
  • White Jersey, Young Rider Classification. Sponsor: Nakheel – Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step)
  • Black Jersey, Intermediate Sprint Classification. Sponsor: Experience Abu Dhabi – Edward Planckaert (Alpecin-Deceuninck)

H.E Mubarak Al Muhairi – Undersecretary of the Education and Knowledge Department congratulates Points Classification winner Tim Merlier (©UAE Tour)

Ahmed Al Ghafli – Director of Security at Nakheel presents the White Jersey to Remco Evenepoel (©UAE Tour)


Adam Yates verso la vittoria di tappa

Stage winner Adam Yates said in the post-stage press conference: “We pushed full gas in the first 10 minutes of the climb that it worked out well. Then I attacked and Remco and Sepp Kuss followed me, and then when I attacked one more time, that was it. I went on the steepest part of the climb, which suited me the most. Remco knew what to do behind me – he wasn’t going to lose one minute in the last three kilometres. UAE Team Emirates trusted me and believed in me so it’s a real pleasure to win here in our home race.”

General and Young Rider Classification winner Remco Evenepoel said: “It was all out from the bottom to the top of Jebel Hafeet and I am happy with my performance, having not done much climbing training this year. I wasn’t expecting to win this race. I came for a good result but I wouldn’t have thought I’d win it by one minute. I was in good shape all week and I wanted to fight for my Red Jersey today. There’s room for improvement before the Giro but I can be happy with this victory.”

Tim Merlier podio maglia verde

Points Classification winner Tim Merlier said: “As a team, we are very happy with the overall win. Remco wanted to win today’s stage as well but you can’t win everything. Three stage wins, the overall victory and the Points Classification victory – we can be proud of what we achieved here this week.”

Intermediate Sprint Classification winner Edward Planckaert said: “It’s nice to finish with the Intermediate Sprint jersey and it’s encouraging for the future races. I’m normally more of the lead-out man but it’s good to find out here that my form is alright.”

Saeed Al Daheri – Al Ain and Al Dhafra Regional Development Department Director at DCT rewards Black Jersey winner Edward Planckaert (©UAE Tour)


H.E Osama Al Shafar – Vice President of UCI and President of Asian Cycling Federation and H.E Saeed Hareb – Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council award Team Classification winners UAE Team Emirates (©UAE Tour)

To find out more about the UAE Tour, including details of the official race route, jerseys and sponsors, visit

(©Sprint Cycling Agency) 



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