David Dekker once again showed his sprint talent in the Tour of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Dutchman, who makes his debut in a WorldTour race, finished second behind Sam Bennett.
Dekker was still very strong in the last meters of the bunch sprint, but he could no longer beat Bennett.
The Jumbo-Visma rider did deal with the recognized top sprinters Caleb Ewan (third), Elia Viviani (fourth), Pascal Ackermann (sixth) and Fernando Gaviria (ninth).
Bennett has also been considered one of the fastest men in the peloton for years.
The thirty-year-old Irishman from Deceuninck-Quick-Step won two stages and the points classification in the Tour de France last year.
Dekker also finished second in the first stage of the Tour of the UAE on Sunday, behind Mathieu van der Poel.
Tadej Pogacar retained the lead in the general classification.
The Tour de France winner defends on Thursday in the last mountain stage – to the top of the Jebel Jais (21.5 kilometers at 5.4 percent) – a 43-second lead over Adam Yates.
The Tour of the UAE will last until Saturday.
#UAETour – Stage 4 – Top 10
Avatar Authorlaflammerouge16Moment of places12: 43 – February 24, 2021
Dekker hits his steering wheel in frustration
Wednesday’s 204 kilometer stage, with start and finish on the artificial island of Al Marjan, was completely flat and had a predictable course.
The French Francois Bidard and Olivier Le Gac were allowed to drive ahead in the desert in the last 100 kilometers, but they were caught by the peloton well in time.
Ackermann started the sprint from afar, but the German fell silent a bit.
Bennett took advantage and recorded his first win of 2021. Dekker was close to a surprise win and hit his wheel in frustration as he crossed the finish line.
#UAETour – GC after Stage 4
Avatar Authorlaflammerouge16Moment of places12: 57 – February 24, 2021