Tirreno-Adriatico stage 7 was made for sprinters with the final straight into a headwind, staying sheltered until late was key. Bahrain-Victorious sprinter Phil Bauhaus was patient and launched the sprint in the last moment, winning his 4th World Tour race with Cavendish and Merlier caught out of position.
Caleb Ewan again proved that if he is in a good position before the sprint, he will probably finish first. The Australian overtook Arnaud Demare in the last metres of the pavé straight, winning Tirreno-Adriatico stage 3.
In the narrow and twisty final of Tirreno-Adriatico stage 2, Alpecin-Fenix sprinter Tim Merlier was victorious, while 20-year-old Olav Kooij again showed flashes of greatness, finishing second from a terrible position in a bunch sprint against top-class competition.
It was a day made for Wout Van Aert, but the Belgian was powerless against Mads Pedersen, who launched with 250 metres to go and won convincingly on an uphill drag in Paris-Nice stage 3 - taking the first World Tour-level victory for Trek-Segafredo in 2022.
We got to witness a sprint between Wout van Aert and Fabio Jakobsen. Despite a savvy leadout from Christophe Laporte, the Dutchman destroyed the Belgian champion in the final 50 metres with a fast acceleration, taking his sixth victory of the season.
sterday, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl responded with a victory in Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne from Fabio Jakobsen.
The peloton reacted too late in the last ten kilometres, robbing a chance for the sprinters to fight for the win, with 19-year-old Czech Mathias Vacek taking a surprise win and three Gazprom - RusVelo riders finishing in the top 5. This is the most unexpected outcome of a race in 2022 so far.
Jasper Philipsen, who is showing incredible consistency in sprints, was able to win once again, taking his second victory in the UAE Tour 2022 after Stage 5.
Mark Cavendish is unstoppable in a long headwind sprint even at age 36. The Manx Missile launched his sprint early with 260 meters to go, surprising Sam Bennett and only having yesterday's victor Jasper Philipsen as a challenger.
The world's best sprinters are back in the Middle East, fighting in the UAE Tour. Jasper Philipsen won stage 1 in a chaotic sprint after deviating to the right side and closing the door for Dylan Groenewegen.