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ST3 Abu Dhabi Tour: Al Ain - Jebel Hafeet (186 km)

Fabio Aru sixth at Jebel Hafeet.

“At least the stage, a part from some stress for the wind, it hadn’t been difficult – commented Fabio Aru after the stage – we arrived at the begin of the final climb quite easily and then everyone had many energies to spend…”.

“We have to congratulate with the riders who arrived in front of us because they climbed very fast – explained the Italian captain of the Astana Pro Team – I’m satisfied of these two races in the Emirates, I think I have done another important step in my training and now I’m looking forward to ride at Strade Bianche and Tirreno – Adriatico in the next weeks”.

Today’s stage was the Queen one of the Abu Dhabi Tour: the uphill final to Jebel Hafeet was considered by everyone as the crucial point of the entire race.

The stronger climbers attacked each other in this final climb but two riders, wrongly not considered as the favourites, were able to take an advantage for this situation and fought for the victory.

The Portuguese athlete Alberto Rui Costa has beaten the Russian Ilnur Zakarin and, thank to today’s victory, he is the new leader of the GC.

Fabio Aru was sixth and arrived before all the other favourites.

Tomorrow, fourth stage on the Yas Marina Circuit (5.5 km), to be done 26 times for a total of 143 km. A final bunch sprint is the most probable solution.

 

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