Amber Kraak takes her first WorldTour win in sensational style: UAE Women's Tour Stage 4

After finding herself in the days breakaway she reduced the group in size before riding to victory on her own

Clock12:36, Sunday 11th February 2024
After working well with in the breakaway Kraak proved stronger than the rest ultimately riding the last few kilometres solo

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After working well with in the breakaway Kraak proved stronger than the rest ultimately riding the last few kilometres solo

Amber Kraak secured her first World Tour win in spectacular fashion in Abu Dhabi today, winning from the break to deny SD Worx-Protime the chance to score a 100% success rate in the middle east.

The FDJ-SUEZ rider was a part of the day’s early break, and with 8km remaining she attacked the group to move into the solo lead of the race. With the bunch bearing down, Kraak was able to hold her lead despite Lorena Wiebes breathing down her neck as they closed in on the finish line. The final stages of the race were marred by a crash in the bunch just 500m from the line.

It was still a good day out for SD Worx-Protime, with Lotte Kopecky securing the overall victory following her win on yesterday’s Queen stage.


Following an emphatic victory on Jebel Hafeet on stage 3, the Dutch super-team retained the red leader’s jersey through Kopecky, who led the next best rider on GC, Neve Bradbury of Canyon-SRAM, by 13 seconds. Unless something truly unexpected unfolded, the stage was set for another sprint showdown, with Lorena Wiebes seeking a hat-trick of victories.

The final stage in Abu Dhabi was both the shortest and the flattest of the race, with just 105km for the teams to cover before the expected bunch finish on the Abu Dhabi breakwater.

A four-woman breakaway made their move up the road early on in the stage, with little hope of surviving the day. The group comprised Amber Kraak (FDJ-SUEZ), Monica Greenwood (Human Powered Health), Sophie Wright (Fenix-Deceuninck), and Margarita Misyurina (Tashkent City Women PCT), but unlike on the previous day, the escapees were not allowed much rope, gaining a gap of around three minutes which began to be slowly reeled in with around 30km remaining, though it stabilised at 2:00 for a while.

As the riders headed back through the city, the breakaway was reduced to three riders as Misyurina appeared to suffer from cramp, and the remaining trio drove on stoically in the hope of springing a surprise on the bunch, driven by the combined power of SD Worx-Protime and UAE Team ADQ. The gap dropped below a minute, and with 7 kilometres to go, Amber Kraak launched a bold attack, immediately distancing one of her breakaway companions Monica Greenwood, though Sophie Wright was able to stay in touch for a further two kilometres before Kraak kicked again and moved clear.

With 4 kilometres remaining to the finish line, the gap steadied and held at 40 seconds, and with Team dsm-firmenich PostNL and Uno-X adding firepower to the chase, the result hung in the balance.

In an almost carbon copy of her late attack on stage one, Fenix-Deceuninck’s Carina Shrempf took a flyer under the flamme rouge, and though she was able to eke out a small gap she was closed down by the peloton in the final stages. Meanwhile, a crash within the bunch brought down a number of riders including third placed GC rider Mavi Garcia of Liv-Alula-Jayco.

At the front of the race, Kraak moved into her drops with 300m to go and drove full gas for the line, with the looming bunch closing in rapidly, but though Lorena Wiebes was in full flow Kraak had enough breathing room to throw her bike over the line and take her first career win, to the delight of her team. The French side have been active in the breakaway throughout the race and they will take great encouragement from the victory, as will the rest of the peloton, as the challenge for the women’s bunch in 2024 will once again be how to find a way around SD Worx-Protime. For today, Amber Kraak can say that she was able to do just that.


Race Results

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KRAAK Amber

FDJ-SUEZ

2H 27' 33"

2

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WIEBES Lorena

Team SD Worx-Protime

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3

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PIKULIK Daria

Human Powered Health

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4

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CONSONNI Chiara

UAE Team ADQ

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5

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FORTIN Valentine

Cofidis Women Team

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6

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BARBIERI Rachele

Team dsm-firmenich PostNL

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7

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AHTOSALO Anniina

Uno-X Mobility

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8

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SKALNIAK-SÓJKA Agnieszka

CANYON//SRAM Racing

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9

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COPPONI Clara

Lidl-Trek

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10

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TOMASI Laura

Laboral Kutxa-Fundacion Euskadi

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