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UAE Tour: Valverde captures first win in rainbow jersey

Alejandro Valverde wins the third stage of the UAE Tour, which culminated with a 10km climb up Jebel Hafeet.

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Alejandro Valverde picked up his first victory in the rainbow jersey on Tuesday, winning stage 3 at the UAE Tour.

The Movistar rider edged Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) and David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) atop the finishing climb of Jebel Hafeet, a 10.1-kilometer ascent with an average gradient of 6.6 percent.

“I really wanted to get my first win of the year. It’s been difficult but I felt good and I had the advantage of knowing the climb very well so I could choose my pace,” Valverde said. “I knew I had to repeat the exact same tactics as last year. My priority was to win a stage. If I can add the GC, it’s great. If not, it doesn’t matter after what I achieved today with the help of my team.”

The 179km route started at UAE University and was mostly flat until the Jebel Hafeet climb.

Roglic appeared to be the strongest rider on the climb, and surged away from the group midway up the climb alongside Gaudu to chase down a surging Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates). The acceleration distanced many of the pre-race GC favorites, including Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky), and Valverde.

The trio was eventually joined by German rider Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), and the stage appeared set for a four-man battle to the finish.

That’s when Valverde made his move. The Spaniard attacked out of the second group and bridged up to a fading Martin just as the climb hit its steepest pitches. Valverde then made another surge to catch Roglic, Buchmann, and Gaudu just as the road began to level out inside the final kilometers. The fastest finisher, Valverde made his winning surge inside 500 meters to go.

After crossing the line the Spaniard let out a scream of satisfaction.

“I felt good, so I knew I could wait to make my move,” Valverde said after the stage. “Before, when saw Roglic and a few others attacking, I chose to climb at my pace, but I knew I would come across.”

Valverde said he was familiar with the climb. He won atop Jabel Hafeet when the Abu Dhabi Tour finished on the mountain in 2018.

Valverde’s result shook up the general classification standings, as he now sits in second — 14 seconds behind Roglic. Gaudu is now third at 31 seconds behind.

“It’s true that I’ve tried to win the stage as well as defending the jersey,” Roglic said. “It was my first time here so I didn’t know the finish but most importantly we’ve showed today with the guys that we are a super strong team.”

The race resumes Wednesday with the 205km stage 4 from Palm Jumeirah to Hatta Dam.

UAE Tour Stage 3 Results

1VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team4:44:50
2ROGLIČ PrimožTeam Jumbo-Visma0:00
3GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ0:00
4BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe0:04
5MARTIN DanUAE Team Emirates0:12
6FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe0:33
7ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin0:33
8KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:35
9MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo0:35
10HIRT JanAstana Pro Team0:35
11KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb0:35
12DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team0:35
13DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb0:44
14ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates0:53
15EVENEPOEL RemcoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:56
16KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky0:56
17IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana Pro Team0:56
18BOUCHARD GeoffreyAG2R La Mondiale1:04
19SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe1:04
20COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates1:04
21CARUSO DamianoBahrain Merida1:04
22MOSCON GianniTeam Sky1:09
23VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education First1:17
24ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky1:17
25NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida1:17
26DE PLUS LaurensTeam Jumbo-Visma1:17
27BOOKWALTER BrentMitchelton-Scott1:17
28SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky1:33
29KREUZIGER RomanTeam Dimension Data1:40
30GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale1:40
31PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale1:40
32FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team1:40
33GRMAY TsgabuMitchelton-Scott2:12
34EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo2:18
35REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ2:18
36DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step2:21
37VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team2:21
38DE MARCHI AlessandroCCC Team2:23
39JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale2:48
40ARSLANOV IldarGazprom-RusVelo2:49
41ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal2:49
42COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale2:49
43WARBASSE LarryAG2R La Mondiale2:49
44NYCH ArtemGazprom-RusVelo2:49
45LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal3:13
46NAVARRO DanielTeam Katusha Alpecin3:36
47MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data3:36
48PAUWELS SergeCCC Team3:45
49SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott4:16
50FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team5:10
51FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team5:10
52PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky5:10
53BEVIN PatrickCCC Team5:10
54OWSIAN ŁukaszCCC Team5:10
55BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team6:04
56HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb7:01
57MONFORT MaximeLotto Soudal7:53
58ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb7:53
59KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe7:55
60PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo7:55
61MAS LluísMovistar Team7:55
62OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team7:55
63BENNETT SeanEF Education First7:55
64KUSZTOR PéterTeam Novo Nordisk7:55
65CLARKE SimonEF Education First7:55
66SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ7:55
67ROSSKOPF JoeyCCC Team7:55
68ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ7:55
69POWER RobertTeam Sunweb7:55
70BOUWMAN KoenTeam Jumbo-Visma7:55
71BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott7:55
72JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data8:46
73GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Pro Team10:08
74KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha Alpecin10:08
75WHELAN JamesEF Education First10:08
76THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data10:08
77DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida10:08
78SABATINI FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step11:10
79MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott11:10
80BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk11:27
81IRVINE DeclanTeam Novo Nordisk11:27
82SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team11:27
83DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin11:27
84PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe11:27
85AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team11:27
86SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ12:49
87DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ12:49
88ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ12:49
89CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk14:00
90CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data14:31
91PERON AndreaTeam Novo Nordisk15:40
92SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida17:02
93BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott17:02
94HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal17:02
95HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky17:02
96GOŁAŚ MichałTeam Sky17:02
97MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step17:02
98DUMOULIN SamuelAG2R La Mondiale17:02
99CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team17:02
100HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step17:02
101BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe17:02
102PORSEV AlexanderGazprom-RusVelo17:02
103SHILOV SergeyGazprom-RusVelo17:02
104REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo17:02
105LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates17:02
106ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott17:02
107PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk17:02
108EWAN CalebLotto Soudal17:02
109VOROBYEV AntonGazprom-RusVelo17:02
110IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo17:02
111KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE Team Emirates17:02
112KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha Alpecin17:02
113CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo17:02
114MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo17:02
115BOEV IgorGazprom-RusVelo17:02
116BENHAMOUDA MehdiTeam Novo Nordisk17:02
117WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb17:02
118TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates17:02
119KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo17:02
120BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal17:02
121HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin17:02
122GAVIRIA FernandoUAE Team Emirates17:02
123MARECZKO JakubCCC Team17:02
124VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First17:02
125MCLAY DanielEF Education First17:02
126BOL CeesTeam Sunweb17:02
127MARTENS PaulTeam Jumbo-Visma17:02
128TRATNIK JanBahrain Merida17:02
129MODOLO SachaEF Education First17:02
130HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida17:02
131EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data17:02
132VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma17:02
133VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step17:02
134BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida19:58
135KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal19:58
136BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe20:20
137LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma20:20
138MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma20:20
139GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data22:15
1ROGLIČ PrimožTeam Jumbo-Visma9:38:05
2VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team0:14
3GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ0:31
4BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe0:39
5KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb0:47
6MARTIN DanUAE Team Emirates0:54
7DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb0:57
8DE LA PARTE VíctorCCC Team1:05
9KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step1:07
10FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe1:08
11KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky1:16
12CARUSO DamianoBahrain Merida1:17
13DE PLUS LaurensTeam Jumbo-Visma1:23
14ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin1:24
15MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo1:24
16HIRT JanAstana Pro Team1:25
17EVENEPOEL RemcoDeceuninck - Quick Step1:28
18MOSCON GianniTeam Sky1:29
19NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida1:32
20ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates1:35
21ELISSONDE KennyTeam Sky1:37
22SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe1:39
23IZAGIRRE GorkaAstana Pro Team1:46
24COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates1:46
25VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Education First1:49
26SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky1:53
27BOOKWALTER BrentMitchelton-Scott1:55
28BOUCHARD GeoffreyAG2R La Mondiale2:04
29GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale2:40
30PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale2:40
31GRMAY TsgabuMitchelton-Scott2:50
32REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ2:53
33DEVENYNS DriesDeceuninck - Quick Step2:53
34DE MARCHI AlessandroCCC Team2:53
35FERNÁNDEZ RubénMovistar Team3:02
36EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo3:07
37VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team3:11
38KREUZIGER RomanTeam Dimension Data3:25
39NYCH ArtemGazprom-RusVelo3:52
40ARSLANOV IldarGazprom-RusVelo3:52
41JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale4:01
42LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal4:04
43MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data4:11
44NAVARRO DanielTeam Katusha Alpecin4:27
45ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal4:42
46WARBASSE LarryAG2R La Mondiale4:49
47COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale4:54
48SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott5:03
49PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky5:30
50BEVIN PatrickCCC Team5:40
51OWSIAN ŁukaszCCC Team5:40
52PAUWELS SergeCCC Team5:46
53FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team6:00
54FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team6:00
55BOARO ManueleAstana Pro Team6:58
56BOUWMAN KoenTeam Jumbo-Visma8:01
57ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb8:06
58MAS LluísMovistar Team8:19
59OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team8:19
60ROSSKOPF JoeyCCC Team8:25
61POWER RobertTeam Sunweb8:25
62CLARKE SimonEF Education First8:27
63SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ8:30
64ROUX AnthonyGroupama - FDJ8:30
65MONFORT MaximeLotto Soudal8:44
66PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo8:44
67BENNETT SeanEF Education First8:54
68HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb9:01
69JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data9:21
70KUSZTOR PéterTeam Novo Nordisk9:47
71BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott10:07
72KENNAUGH PeterBORA - hansgrohe10:41
73THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data10:43
74SABATINI FabioDeceuninck - Quick Step11:42
75MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott11:48
76SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team11:51
77AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team11:51
78PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe12:02
79DOWSETT AlexTeam Katusha Alpecin12:18
80WHELAN JamesEF Education First12:20
81GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Pro Team12:22
82DENNIS RohanBahrain Merida12:31
83IRVINE DeclanTeam Novo Nordisk13:19
84BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk13:19
85SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ13:24
86KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha Alpecin14:00
87CAVENDISH MarkTeam Dimension Data15:06
88DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ15:18
89CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk15:52
90ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ16:37
91VAN EMDEN JosTeam Jumbo-Visma17:08
92WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb17:15
93HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky17:22
94VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step17:28
95PERON AndreaTeam Novo Nordisk17:32
96GAVIRIA FernandoUAE Team Emirates17:34
97MODOLO SachaEF Education First17:34
98MCLAY DanielEF Education First17:34
99MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step17:34
100VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First17:34
101ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott17:40
102HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step17:41
103EWAN CalebLotto Soudal17:49
104MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo17:51
105IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo17:51
106HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida17:51
107CLARKE WillTrek - Segafredo17:51
108KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha Alpecin17:53
109HALLER MarcoTeam Katusha Alpecin17:53
110HANSEN AdamLotto Soudal17:57
111DUMOULIN SamuelAG2R La Mondiale18:02
112BOEV IgorGazprom-RusVelo18:02
113PORSEV AlexanderGazprom-RusVelo18:05
114BOL CeesTeam Sunweb18:05
115SHILOV SergeyGazprom-RusVelo18:05
116TRATNIK JanBahrain Merida18:08
117REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo18:20
118SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida18:23
119KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo18:25
120KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE Team Emirates18:27
121GOŁAŚ MichałTeam Sky18:37
122LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates18:40
123BLYTHE AdamLotto Soudal18:55
124BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe18:58
125CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team19:08
126BEWLEY SamMitchelton-Scott19:13
127TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates19:18
128PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk19:36
129VOROBYEV AntonGazprom-RusVelo19:52
130MARTENS PaulTeam Jumbo-Visma20:04
131EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data20:12
132MARECZKO JakubCCC Team20:16
133BENHAMOUDA MehdiTeam Novo Nordisk20:26
134KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal20:49
135BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida21:16
136LEEZER TomTeam Jumbo-Visma22:25
137GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data22:50
138BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe23:09
139MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma32:12
1KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo26
2VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team20
3GAVIRIA FernandoUAE Team Emirates20
4PLANET CharlesTeam Novo Nordisk19
5ROGLIČ PrimožTeam Jumbo-Visma16
6VIVIANI EliaDeceuninck - Quick Step16
7GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ12
8EWAN CalebLotto Soudal12
9BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe9
10HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky9
11BOEV IgorGazprom-RusVelo8
12MARTIN DanUAE Team Emirates7
13BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe7
14FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe5
15CARUSO DamianoBahrain Merida5
16BENNETT SamBORA - hansgrohe5
17ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha Alpecin4
18MODOLO SachaEF Education First4
19KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb3
20KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step3
21KITTEL MarcelTeam Katusha Alpecin3
22BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida3
23MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo2
24SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ2
25HIRT JanAstana Pro Team1
26ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb1
27BRAND SamTeam Novo Nordisk1
28CALABRIA FabioTeam Novo Nordisk1
30MARTIN TonyTeam Jumbo-Visma1
1GAUDU DavidGroupama - FDJ9:38:36
2KNOX JamesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:36
3DE PLUS LaurensTeam Jumbo-Visma0:52
4EVENEPOEL RemcoDeceuninck - Quick Step0:57
5MOSCON GianniTeam Sky0:58
6SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe1:08
7SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky1:22
8PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale2:09
9EG NiklasTrek - Segafredo2:36
10NYCH ArtemGazprom-RusVelo3:21
11ARSLANOV IldarGazprom-RusVelo3:21
12JAUREGUI QuentinAG2R La Mondiale3:30
13LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal3:33
14COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale4:23
15SCOTSON CallumMitchelton-Scott4:32
16POWER RobertTeam Sunweb7:54
17SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ7:59
18BENNETT SeanEF Education First8:23
19WHELAN JamesEF Education First11:49
20IRVINE DeclanTeam Novo Nordisk12:48
21ARMIRAIL BrunoGroupama - FDJ16:06
22HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky16:51
23GAVIRIA FernandoUAE Team Emirates17:03
24VAN DEN BERG JuliusEF Education First17:03
25HONORÉ Mikkel FrølichDeceuninck - Quick Step17:10
26EWAN CalebLotto Soudal17:18
27MOSCHETTI MatteoTrek - Segafredo17:20
28BOL CeesTeam Sunweb17:34
29KURIANOV StepanGazprom-RusVelo17:54
30CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team18:37
31TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates18:47
32MARECZKO JakubCCC Team19:45
33BENHAMOUDA MehdiTeam Novo Nordisk19:55
34BAUHAUS PhilBahrain Merida20:45
35GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data22:19
36BAŠKA ErikBORA - hansgrohe22:38

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