Merlier wins Stage 1 of the UAE Tour
Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step) won Stage 1, the Presight.ai Stage of the 2023 UAE Tour, by the tightest of margins ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Dstny), with Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team) in third place.
Merlier is now the leader of the General and Points Classifications and has been awarded the race’s Red and Green Jerseys. Luke Plapp (Ineos Grenadiers) meanwhile, has moved top of the Young Rider and Intermediate Sprint Classifications and taken control of the White and Black Jerseys.
PROVISIONAL STAGE RESULT
1 – Tim Merlier (Soudal Quick-Step), 151km in 3h17’35”, average speed 45.854km/h
2 – Caleb Ewan (Lotto Dstny) s.t.
3 – Mark Cavendish (Astana Qazaqstan Team) s.t.