STA, 2 March 2019 - Slovenian cyclist Primož Roglič has won the premiere UAE Tour, the third race of the 2019 UCI World Tour, taking place around the United Arab Emirates.
Roglič was in the lead from the first to the last stage, which concluded in Dubai on Saturday. He won the first stage and an additional two stages of the seven-stage race.
This is the seventh win in stage races for the 29-year-old member of the Jumbo-Visma professional racing team, and the third in the UCI World Tour series. Roglič won the first two, in Basque and Romandy, last year.
Roglič said after the last stage that "it was very windy from the very start, and I was a bit nervous. But we ended like we started."
"The ending was perfect. The beginning of the race, with the team winning the time trial, was crazy, and we continued in this rhythm," he added.
With three UCI World Tour wins, Roglič equalised Simon Špilak, who is the only other Slovenian to manage the feat, having won the Tour of Switzerland two times and the Tour of Romandie once.
Roglič's next challenge is the Tirreno-Adriatico race between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts, which starts on 13 March.