Yates powers to UAE Tour lead for Mitchelton-Scott

Dubai: Australian team Mitchelton-Scott have earned an impressive win on the UAE Tour as their British rider Adam Yates powered home to bank a resounding stage-three victory on Tuesday.

Yates made a devastating attack on Jebel Hafeet, attacking six kilometres from the summit to take the stage by one minute and three seconds from Tadej Pocagar (UAE Team Emirates).

Adam Scott celebrates his win in stage three of the UAE Tour.Credit:AP

Australia's Caleb Ewan started the day as race leader but he sat up before the final 10km climb.

Pocagar (one minute and seven seconds behind) and Astana's Alexey Lutsenko (+1:35) are now Yates' nearest challengers with four stages to go.

The 27-year-old Yates, who has changed his program this year after disappointing at the Tour de France over the last two years, now looks well placed to win the race.

"I attacked early because, this race being the first of the season for me, it was hard to know how everyone is going," Yates told theuaetour.com.

"I just wanted to test the legs. Maybe I attacked too early but in the end I felt good.

"One minute difference is a lot but we'll have to do this climb again and maybe my legs will not be so good.

"I also heard there might be crosswinds tomorrow so I'm still far from the overall victory."

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Ineos) is gently easing his way back after a horror high-speed crash at the Criterium du Dauphine last year.

Froome was dropped early in the 184km stage from Al Qudra Cycling Track to Jebel Hafeet and finished 10:49 behind Yates.

The 34-year-old heads into Thursday's 173km stage in Dubai in 88th place, 14:41 down on Yates.


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