News: Win for Adam Yates in UAE

Adam Yates climbed to his first race win of the season in a dominant display up the Jebel Hafeet climb on stage three of the UAE Tour. Now leads overall.

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News: Win for Adam Yates in UAE

Adam Yates climbed to his first race win of the season in a dominant display up the Jebel Hafeet climb on stage three of the UAE Tour. Now leads overall. The Brit launched his attack inside the final six kilometres, initially taking two riders with him before attacking again to win solo by over one minute at the line.

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In contrast to the previous two days, the start of stage three was a hectic one with a brief threat of wind making for a nervous bunch. Mitchelton-SCOTT were keeping a watching eye on proceedings before a break was eventually allowed to go clear. The four rider move opened up a gap of over seven minutes as the peloton eased up before it settled around the five minute mark for most of the stage. Several crashes caused some unrest in the peloton until UAE-Team Emirates increased the tempo and took control.

The race came to life with around 20 kilometres to go as various teams began to bring their general classification contenders up to the front. The increase in pace saw the gap to the break shrink rapidly and it was all back together at the foot of the climb.

Slovenian Luka Mezgec set a strong pace for Yates on the lower slopes before Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay took over to control the gap to a lone attacker. Having seen enough, Yates launched his move, racing past the lone leader with two riders for company. With little commitment from his fellow attackers, Yates jumped again with five kilometres to go and opened up a gap of 40 seconds. Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) attempted to chase, but he couldn’t make any inroads to the advantage of the flying Brit who raced away to take the stage by over one minute.

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The victory propels Yates into the overall race lead by a margin of 1’07”, with tomorrow’s flat stage to come before another summit finish up Jebel Hafeet on stage five.

Adam Yates: “It is my first race of the season, so it was difficult for me to estimate where I stood compared to the competition. Certainly with today’s heat, it’s difficult to estimate, I think it was 37 to 38 degrees all day. I just wanted to test the legs to see where I am. That was perhaps a little too early [to attack], but I felt good. A few boys came along and behind me I could see that they organised themselves. I just went for it then.”

“We have to climb this climb again and maybe my legs are not so good then. I’ve heard about tomorrow’s stage that winds might be coming. We will see.”

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Julian Dean (Sports Director): “It was a really gutsy effort by Adam. He’s confident and came in here really confident, he’s had a good winter, he’s been training hard, spending time at altitude and doing all the right things and when you come to your first race of the season you can enter with confidence as he’s done and perform like he did today.”

“It’s a pretty big stamp that he’s put on the rest of the field today, a big gap there over one minute. There’s still some work to do, we’ve got a couple of windy days coming up as well so that will be quite nervous. We’ll try and get through those and we’ll be back here in two days time.”

Stage 3
1. Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott 04:42:33
2. Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates @ 01:03
3. Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team @ 01:30
4. David Gaudu Groupama-FDJ @ 01:30
5. Rafal Majka Bora-Hansgrohe @ 01:30
6. Diego Ulissi UAE Team Emirates @ 01:56
7. Patrick Konrad Bora-Hansgrohe @ 01:56
8. Gorka Izagirre Astana Pro Team @ 01:56
9. Jesus Herrada Lopez Cofidis @ 01:56
10. Edward Dunbar Team Ineos @ 01:56

11. Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb @ 01:56
18. Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 02:38
37. Wout Poels Bahrain-McLaren @ 03:54
58. Jack Bauer Mitchelton-Scott @ 08:12
67. Chris Froome Team Ineos @ 10:49
81. James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step @ 11:22
99. Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation @ 13:47
116. Mark Cavendish Bahrain-McLaren @ 18:57
123. Albert Torres Movistar Team @ 18:57
131. Charlie Quarterman Trek-Segafredo @ 21:06

Overall
1. Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott 12:30:02
2. Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates @ 01:07
3. Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team @ 01:35
4. David Gaudu Groupama-FDJ @ 01:40
5. Rafal Majka Bora-Hansgrohe @ 01:40
6. Wilco Kelderman Team Sunweb @ 02:06
7. Diego Ulissi UAE Team Emirates @ 02:06
8. Patrick Konrad Bora-Hansgrohe @ 02:06
9. Jesus Herrada Lopez Cofidis @ 02:06
10. Edward Dunbar Team Ineos @ 02:06

18. Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team @ 02:48
26. Wout Poels Bahrain-McLaren @ 04:04
54. Jack Bauer Mitchelton-Scott @ 09:08
64. James Knox Deceuninck-Quick Step @ 11:32
88. Chris Froome Team Ineos @ 14:41
95. Alex Dowsett Israel Start-Up Nation @ 16:10
124. Mark Cavendish Bahrain-McLaren @ 26:08
135. Charlie Quarterman Trek-Segafredo @ 28:36

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