Daria’s First 2024 WorldTour Podium

Daria Pikulik sprinted to her first WorldTour podium of 2024 when she finished third on the final stage of the UAE Tour Women.

Daria benefitted from expert positioning from her lead out and manoeuvred herself into prime position at the end of the 105km Abu Dhabi sprint stage. She hit a maximum of 952 watts in the sprint, to finish strongly against double-stage winner Lorena Wiebes (Team SD Worx – Protime).

“I am really happy about the podium,” Pikulik said after her powerful finish. “I’m really proud of the girls and the job they did today. We knew that we could do this. The team here is new, so we needed some time, but that was fast to finish on the podium so we can be happy about it.”

It’s the 27-year-old’s third fourth WorldTour podium, having won a stage of the Tour Down Under, as well as the Tour of Guangxi and a second in a stage at the Tour of Chongming Island.

“I am a bit closer to Wiebes, so I’m happy I didn’t lose her wheel. I also tried to come out from her wheel so that was a really good feeling that year-on-year I am better at the finish.”

The train of Romy Kasper, Maëlle Grossetête, Wiktoria Pikulik and Linda Zanetti guided the speedster through the finale before Silvia Zanardi delivered her onto Wiebes’ wheel with the pair sprinting on the right. However, ahead of them, Amber Kraak (FDJ – SUEZ) had outwitted the peloton with a dramatic solo ride, attacking from a four-strong breakaway and holding the chase off to take a superb victory after 90 kilometres out front.

The first WorldTour bunch sprints for some of the team, the lead-out has had an impressive evolution throughout just three group kicks. “We started with bad luck with crashes, but it’s impressive that in just the third race we did this really good job so we can be confident and proud for the future,” Daria concluded. “I came here with really strong legs and I wanted to finish the job and we finished with a good feeling. Thank you to the staff here and everyone, they are awesome as usual!”

Daria’s efforts at the intermediate sprints meant that she deputised in the leaders jersey for GC victor Lotte Kopecky (Team SD Worx – Protime) on the final day, eventually finishing third in the overall standings.

UAE Tour Women stage 4 results
1 KRAAK Amber – FDJ – SUEZ 2:27:33
2 WIEBES Lorena – Team SD Worx – Protime ”
3 PIKULIK Daria – Human Powered Health ”
4 CONSONNI Chiara – Team UAE ADQ ”
5 FORTIN Valentine – Cofidis Women Team ”
6 BARBIERI Rachele – Team dsm-firmenich PostNL ”
7 AHTOSALO Anniina – Uno-X Mobility ”
8 SKALNIAK-SÓJKA Agnieszka – Canyon//SRAM Racing ”
9 COPPONI Clara – Lidl – Trek ”
10 TOMASI Laura – Laboral Kutxa – Fundación Euskadi ”

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