UAE Tour

Stage 3) Al Qudra Cycle Track - Jebel Hafeet

AE United Arab Emirates, Tuesday 25 February 2020
184 km

Stijn Steels enlivens UAE Tour from the break

Stijn Steels enlivens UAE Tour from the break

A scorching hot day and strong headwind awaited the UAE Tour peloton at the start of stage 3, the longest one of this edition, which connected Dubai with Abu Dhabi, where the climbers were given a chance to shine on the Jebel Hafeet, a 10.8km climb averaging 6.6%. Due to the weather, nobody wanted to attack for the first 30 kilometers, and it was only when Stijn Steels instigated a move that three other men joined him and together formed a breakaway.

Racing his first World Tour event with Deceuninck – Quick-Step, the 30-year-old Belgian worked tirelessly so that the group would stay at the front for as much as possible, trading turns with his companions and ensuring a maximum gap of four minutes, a not so easy task considering the difficult weather condition. Their advantage began to come down only inside 50 kilometers to go, when the GC teams joined hands at the head of the bunch and chewed into the advantage, bringing the attackers to heel on the first slopes of Jebel Hafeet.

The climb, which made its sixth appearance in a cycling race, immediately took its toll on the riders, leaving a shattered group in the lead with more than eight kilometers to go. With the heat being such a huge factor, both Mattia Cattaneo and James Knox found it difficult to remain in the main group, from where Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) emerged to take the stage win and the leader’s jersey.

Stage 4 of the UAE Tour will give the sprinters another opportunity, that is if the crosswinds won’t have a say in the final outcome.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

Race details

1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
4:42:33
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:03
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:30
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
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5 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
1:56
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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8 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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32 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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64 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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80 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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81 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:22
101 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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107 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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110 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:36
1 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
12:30:02
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:07
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
1:35
4 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
1:40
5 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
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6 Wilco Kelderman
Team Sunweb
2:06
7 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
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8 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
,,
9 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
,,
10 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
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31 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
56 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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64 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:32
74 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
85 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:16
103 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:16
110 Shane Archbold
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:38
1 Caleb Ewan
Lotto Soudal
36 pt
2 Veljko Stojnić
Vini Zabù - KTM
29 pt
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
23 pt
4 Leonardo Tortomasi
Vini Zabù - KTM
21 pt
5 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
20 pt
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
19 pt
7 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Pro Team
15 pt
9 Diego Ulissi
UAE-Team Emirates
14 pt
10 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
22 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
12:31:09
2 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
0:33
3 Eddie Dunbar
Team INEOS
0:59
4 Stefan de Bod
NTT Pro Cycling
1:16
5 Niklas Eg
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
1:41
7 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R La Mondiale
2:32
8 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
2:57
9 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
3:27
10 Nikolay Cherkasov
Gazprom - RusVelo
3:59
16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:25
1 UAE-Team Emirates 37:35:37
2 Astana Pro Team 1:14
3 NTT Pro Cycling 3:16
4 Trek - Segafredo 3:44
5 CCC Team 3:49
6 AG2R La Mondiale 4:19
7 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 5:24
8 Team Sunweb 6:51
9 Movistar Team 7:00
10 Bahrain - McLaren 8:38

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