Pogacar given a 10-second penalty at the UAE Tour for getting a push
Tadej Pogacar retained his overall lead at the UAE Tour on Friday as he finished stage 6 with the bunch, but his rivals are 10 seconds closer to his GC time nonetheless.
After the stage, commissaires gave Pogacar and his UAE Team Emirates teammate Jan Polanc 10-second time penalties for the act of “pushing another rider.” Polanc gave Pogacar a push forward in the stage finale, just a little ways behind the sprint battle at the front of the field, won by Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).
Both Polanc and Pogacar also received a fine of 200 Swiss francs and a four-point penalty in the points classification.
The offending push took place inside the last 100 meters of the stage. You can see what looks to be Polanc giving his teammate a helpful nudge a little over 20 riders back in the bunch at around 2:13 into Velon’s post-stage highlights video.
Pogacar started the stage with a 45-second overall lead on Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), leaving him with a still-hefty 35-second advantage after all was said and done on Friday.
The race concludes on Saturday with another day likely to favor the sprinters, although crosswinds have already made for some action on otherwise flat days in the race.