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Tough finish for Valverde, Movistar Team at Jebel Hafeet

25 February 2020
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UAE Tour (st. 3)

Spanish champion from Movistar Team finishes behind main GC group, 2’30” from dominating Adam Yates (MTS) who takes the GC lead with an exhibition in front of Tadej Pogacar (UAD).

A big acceleration halfway through the climb of Jebel Hafeet, tackled twice over this week’s 2020 UAE Tour (UCI WorldTour), rewarded Adam Yates (MTS) with the victory on the crucial stage three. The Brit put one minute on pre-race favourite Pogacar (UAD) into a very warm climb -temperatures exceeding 30ºC during this week, way above usual figures- where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) performed a bit behind what he would have liked to.

Valverde and Samitier. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

Well supported until the ascent by his team-mates, with Iñigo Elosegui and Albert Torres leading the group through the trickiest sections and the approach to the climb, the Murcian was dropped from the main group following Yates with 4km remaining, eventually crossing the line in 18th place, 2’38” down from the winner and a minute after the trio pursuing Pogacar, with Lutsenko (AST), Gaudu (GFC) and Majka (BOH).

Torres leads his team-mates out into the streets of Al Ain, prior to the ascent. (c) Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

The Spanish champion from the Movistar Team will try to bounce back at the second and final Jebel Hafeet climb on Thursday. Before that, the sprinters will have another chance in Dubai, after 173km in preeminently urban roads around the city.

Cover picture (c): Dario Belingheri / BettiniPhoto

Male Team 23 - 29 Feb

UAE Tour UAE

(3rd Stage) Al Qudra - Jebel Hafeet (184 km)
  1. 01 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott 4h42'33"
  2. 02 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates +1'03"
  3. 03 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team +1'30"
  4. 18 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +2'38"
  5. 40 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team +3'58"
  6. 46 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +4'59"
  7. 53 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +7'20"
  8. 98 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +13'17"
  9. 104 Iñigo Elosegui Movistar Team +16'54"
  10. 123 Albert Torres Movistar Team +18'57"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Adam Yates Mitchelton-Scott 12h30'02"
  2. 02 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates +1'07"
  3. 03 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team +1'35"
  4. 18 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +2'48"
  5. 34 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team +4'34"
  6. 49 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +7'30"
  7. 65 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +11'41"
  8. 92 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +15'52"
  9. 106 Iñigo Elosegui Movistar Team +19'29"
  10. 129 Albert Torres Movistar Team +26'43"
See stage ranking