Abu Dhabi Tour (st. 3)
Movistar Team keeps Alejandro Valverde in a perfect position overall (8th, +10″) before Saturday’s 12km ITT and Sunday’s Jebel Hafeet mountain-top finish.
A milimeter sprint rewarded Germany’s Phil Bauhaus (SUN) from second-placed Marcel Kittel (TKA) at the end of day three in the Abu Dhabi Tour, the shortest road stage in the 2018 edition over just 133km from the capital city’s nation towers to the Al Marina shoreline zone.
The Movistar Team completed a fantastic work for its leader at the final of three flat stages prior to the key weekend in the race, in a more calm way than Thursday as no echelons were formed into the crosswinds, despite numerous attempts by different teams. De la Parte, Rojas, Pedrero and Valls took to the front for most of the second part of the stage, replaced later on, into the final ten kilometers, by a powerful Jasha Sütterlin and Daniele Bennati.
Alejandro Valverde was able to cross the line with no time lost thanks to the Blues’ work and now sits 8th overall, 10″ behind Elia Viviani (QST), before the duo of decisive stages for the GC result. Saturday will bring a 11.8km individual time trial in the Al Maryah island, before the climbers go for the showdown on the slopes of Jebel Hafeet, Sunday.
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- 01 Phil Bauhaus Team Sunweb 3h02'55"
- 02 Marcel Kittel Katusha-Alpecin m.t.
- 03 Pascal Ackermann Bora-Hansgrohe m.t.
- 19 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team m.t.
- 30 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team m.t.
- 77 Rafa Valls Movistar Team m.t.
- 85 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team m.t.
- 96 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team m.t.
- 121 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +32"
- 126 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team m.t.
- 01 Elia Viviani Quick Step 11h06'36"
- 02 Alexander Kristoff UAE Team Emirates +3"
- 03 Phil Bauhaus Team Sunweb m.t.
- 08 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +10"
- 14 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +12"
- 58 Jasha Sütterlin Movistar Team +13"
- 75 Rafa Valls Movistar Team m.t.
- 86 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team +45"
- 121 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +4'20"
- 135 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +4'58"