UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc 11th in General Classification at 100th Giro d’Italia

ABU DHABI — The three-week Grand Tour has concluded with UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc in 11th place in the General Classification while Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb claimed the overall lead after a final-stage individual time trial.

The 100th Giro d’Italia, one of the three three-week Grand Tours that includes the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, provided 21 challenging and testing stages for the UAE Team Emirates’ riders.

“This is a Giro to remember for me. I thought nothing could be as great as my first stage victory in 2015 but I was wrong. My win on Mount Etna was an unbelievably incredible moment for me. Wearing and retaining the blue jersey for a few stages in a row made me even more determined to do well,” commented Jan Polanc of the UAE Team Emirates.

The UAE Team Emirates was the youngest world tour team to take part in the Giro. The average age of the squad was 26 with young riders such as Ravasi, Petilli, Conti and Mohoric.

The team’s debut at the 100th Giro featured a number of podium positions and memorable finishes including Ferrari’s podium finish in stage two, Modolo’s top ten in stage three, Conti’s dramatic stage eight, Costa’s three second places and Polanc’s victory on Mount Etna.

Reflecting on the 100th Giro d’Italia, Orlando Maini, Sports Director of UAE Team Emirates, said, “One victory and four second places, an impressive performance from our young riders, and the team’s constant presence in the most important breakaways were the team’s highlights at the 100th Giro d’Italia in a nutshell. We are quite satisfied with the results overall. We set out with a few goals at the beginning of the race and I feel that some of those have been met. This was UAE Team Emirates’ debut at the Giro and we tried to honour the commitment to do well for the whole nation and our sponsors.”

The UAE Team Emirates will race at the Hammer Series on Friday, 2nd June, at the Criterium du Dauphin on Sunday, 4th June, and at the Tour de Suisse on Saturday, 10th June. The next Grand Tour will be the Tour de France, which will take place on Saturday, 1st July, until Sunday, 23rd July.

Source: Emirates News Agency