UAE Tour - Adam Yates: I just wanted to test the legs to see where I am
Feb 26 2020 05:37 am CET

UAE Tour - Adam Yates: I just wanted to test the legs to see where I am
UAE Tour - Adam Yates: I just wanted to test the legs to see where I am
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has taken his first win of the season at stage three of the UAE Tour after launching a strong attack on the Jebel Hafeet climb.

The compact peloton arrived to the first part of the tough climb and after some kilometres, Yates launched his attack. Other riders tried to hunt him down, but he managed to cross the finish line more than one minute ahead of UAE Team Emirates' Tadej Pogacar and climbed to the top of the General Classification of the race.

"It is my first race of the season, so it was difficult for me to estimate where I stood compared to the competition," said the Briton. "Certainly with today's heat, it's difficult to estimate, I think it was 37 to 38 degrees all day. I just wanted to test the legs to see where I am.

"That was perhaps a little too early [to attack], but I felt good. A few boys came along and behind me I could see that they organised themselves. I just went for it then. We have to climb this climb again and maybe my legs are not so good then. I've heard about tomorrow's stage that winds might be coming. We will see."







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