Lobato the most explosive uphill sprinter at Hatta Dam, Nizzolo takes the GC lead


Spain’s Juan Jose Lobato of Movistar Team superbly outsprinted all his rivals on the short but brutal climb to Hatta Dam to claim stage 3 of the Dubai Tour, while runner up Giacomo Nizzolo from Trek – Segafredo took the lead of the general classification from Elia Viviani (Team Sky) on the eve of the conclusive stage.

Taiwan’s Feng Chun Kai (Lampre – Merida), Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team – Al Ahli Club), Andrew Tennant (Team Wiggins), Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling), David Lozano (Team Novo Nordisk) and Essaid Abelouache (Al Nasr Pro Cycling Team – Dubai) made the day’s breakaway but the peloton didn’t allow them more than two minutes of an advantage.

Team Sky looked very motivated to service both the race leader Viviani to defend his jersey and Ben Swift, who was their designated sprinter for the stage victory. However, after Mancebo was the last escapee to surrender with 12km to go, Swift accompanied Astana Pro Team’s duo Lieuwe Westra and Laurens De Vreese in an attempt to avoid a bunch gallop.

The riders were all back together before the final uphill. Well positioned by his team-mates from Team Movistar, Lobato was able to express his great explosiveness at the end, beating Nizzolo and BMC Racing Team’s Silvan Dillier at Hatta Dam with a comfortable margin.

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