Diego Ulissi seals victory at Tour of Slovenia
Pogacar best young rider, UAE Team Emirates top the team classification
Diego Ulissi won the second Tour of Slovenia of his career (the first in 2011), ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Neri-Selle Italia-Ktm) at 22 ” and Aleksandr Vlasov (Gazprom) at 25″ behind the Tuscan rider in Novo Mesto, in a stage started from Trebnje.
Fourth place in the general ranking went to Tadej Pogacar (+30 “), who also won the youth rankings for the third consecutive year.
The icing on the cake for UAE Team Emirates was the win in the team classification also.
The final stage saw Pogacar cross the finish line in 8th position in the sprint of a small group won by Giacomo Nizzolo (Dimension Data).
Diego Ulissi said “My form is great at the moment so coming here I wanted to make the most of that. I’d like to thank the whole team, we raced really smart on all five stages: with the talent of Pogacar and Polanc, the inexhaustible strength of Rui Oliveira and Consonni and the experience of Marcato, made everything much easier. Even today we reacted perfectly when Gazprom tried to take control on the uphill. My next target will be the Italian championships “.
Pogacar said “I am happy with the success of UAE Team Emirates in my home race: Diego was very strong, I am happy to have given my contribution. Too bad to have lost the podium by 5 “, but I still took the white jersey for the third year.”
VIDEO: 2019 Tour of Slovenia Stage 5 Highlights
2019 Tour of Slovenia Stage 5 Top 5
1 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 4h01’55 ”
2 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Dimension Data s.t.
3 Shane Archbold (Nzl) Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
8 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
2019 Tour of Slovenia Final General Classification Top 5
1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 19h41’23 “
2 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Neri-Selle Italia-Ktm 22 ”
3 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom 25 ”
4 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 30 “
9 Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 3’17 “