UAE Tour: Adam Yates beats Jebel Hafeet climbing record with knockout solo win
'Home team and a home win - that’s amazing' says UAE Team Emirates
Briton Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) won the final stage of the UAE Tour, a 153km link between Abu Dhabi and Jebel Hafeet, after leading a great attack 3km from the finish line. Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) was second at 10s and Frenchman Geoffrey Bouchard (AG2R Citroen Team) third at 42s.
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The last leg of the UAE Tour started with several attacking attempts with Jaakko Hanninen (AG2R Citroen Team), Maurice Ballerstedt (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Ignatas Konovalovas (Groupama-FDJ), Michel Hessmann (Jumbo – Visma) and Sam Welsford (Team DSM ) to form the breakout of the day. The lead group got a 2:40 advantage over the peloton. With 107km to go, the breakaway advantage of the day increased to 6:00 over the peloton led by Soudal Quick-Step.
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The new leader attacked for the first time six kilometers into the desert climb, along with Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ). He then accelerated and left the two behind and no one caught up with him. He finally won the stage.
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