Abu Dhabi Tour: Chaves wins stage 3 after Poels crashes on final corner

Orica climber moves into race lead

Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEdge) claimed stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour after a late crash saw Wout Poels (Team Sky) fall on the last corner. The win handed Chaves the race lead with just one sprint stage remaining in the race.

Chaves and Poels came into the last few hundred meters together and Poels’ late attack had put him in the driving seat with the Colombian desperately hanging on. However disaster struck for Poels as he came down on the last corner before the line.

By the time the Team Sky rider made it to his feet Fabio Aru (Astana) has taken second with Poels forced to settle for third. Chaves now leads Aru by 16 seconds on GC with Poels third at 27 seconds.

"It was a very hard climb, and even harder in the heat," Chaves said after his win.

"The first part was hard, the final kilometres less so, but you needed to have the legs. The racing was hard, too. We are in the middle of the desert and the temperatures were unbelievable, so it was important to keep my body temperature down. The team was great. They worked hard for me all day, bringing me water and ice for my back and head. I poured 30 to 35 bottles of water on my body. I am really happy with this win. It was a hard climb, but I did not raise my hands in celebration because the rider in front of me crashed, and it would not have been correct to celebrate. I would like to send my commiserations to Wout Poels, and also say to the race organisers, 'Congratulations, Abu Dhabi Tour.'"

The stage, with the only mountain-top finish of the race, had seen Alessandro Bazzana (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) and Rafaâ Chtioui (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team) skip away in the early stages and build up a lead that approached three minutes.

However, with the stage and the overall set to be decided, the GC contenders were never going to allow such a move to threaten their chances. The final climb, 11km in length and with pitches of around 10 per cent, saw Astana reel in the break with Chtioui the last rider to be caught.

The Kazak team had been hoping to set-up either Vinecenzo Nibali or Aru for the stage win but their pace setting was disrupted by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who attacked with just under 8 kilometres remaining. The Spaniard was quickly caught but the damage his move inflicted on the on peloton was significant, although Astana were able to re-group and had three men in contention as the peloton raced towards the final five kilometres.

Nibali was the next rider to attack and he briefly sauntered clear with Gianluca Brambilla (Etixx - Quick-Step) for company. This brought Team Sky into play as they had two men left in the chasing group.

Aru looked dangerous but it was Chaves who took the race by the scruff of the neck with an attack that cut through the Nibali- Brambilla tandem.

The Italian national road champion cracked almost as soon as he latched onto the Colombian’s wheel and it looked as though the peloton were racing for second place as the Orica rider built up a 20-second lead.

However Poels is never a rider to write off in these situations – as he showed last month in the Tour Britain. He toiled with Aru before going clear and with just under 1,000 meters to go caught Chaves.

It was the Dutchman who looked the strongest and he attacked next with Chaves trying to keep pace. However the final corner saw the Team Sky climber come down, and with that gift Chaves the win and the leader’s jersey. A muted celebration from Chaves said it all but he will be the overall winner of the race, assuming he makes it through the final criterium stage on Sunday.

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge3:28:04 
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:12 
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:21 
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:31 
5Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
6Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:19 
7Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky  
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
10Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:30 
11Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
12Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:16 
14Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:17 
15Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:20 
16Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:34 
17Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:03:04 
18Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:13 
19Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins0:03:27 
20Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia0:03:52 
21Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:03:54 
22Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:04:02 
23Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:04:05 
24Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:04:09 
25Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:29 
26Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha0:05:49 
27Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
28Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
29Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
30Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:12 
31Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:07:21 
32Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:32 
33Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:46 
34Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins  
35Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:09:54 
36Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia  
37Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
38Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
39Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia  
40Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
41Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:10:38 
42Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
43Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins  
44Hassan Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
45Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida  
46Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
47Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:33 
48Jaber Almansory (UAE) UAE0:13:49 
49Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:14:33 
50Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
51Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
52Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida  
53Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:15:01 
54Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
55Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
56Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:15:11 
57Talal Al Balooshi (UAE) UAE0:15:49 
58Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:16:47 
59Khaiam Alboloshi (UAE) UAE0:17:02 
60Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins0:18:11 
61Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:18:35 
62Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:19:43 
63Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
64Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
65Mansoor Ali Shambih (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
66Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
67Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
68Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
69Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
70Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
71Majid Albalooshi (UAE) UAE  
72Ammar Abdulla (UAE) UAE  
73Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
74Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin  
75Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
76Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky  
77Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
78Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
79Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
80Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step  
81Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 18  
82Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
83Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin  
84Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step  
85John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
86William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
87Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
88Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
89Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky  
90Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
91Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka  
92Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
93Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky  
94Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
95Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
96Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
97Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
98Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
99Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha  
100Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  

General Classification

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge10:51:12 
2Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:16 
3Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:27 
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:00:41 
5Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
6Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:01:29 
7Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
9Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:01:40 
11Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
12Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
13Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:26 
14Brendan Canty (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:02:27 
15Dominik Nerz (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:02:30 
16Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:44 
17Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 180:03:14 
18Marco Canola (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:03:23 
19Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team Wiggins0:03:37 
20Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia0:04:02 
21Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:04:03 
22Soufiane Haddi (Mar) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:04:15 
23Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
24Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:39 
25Francisco Mancebo Perez (Spa) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:05:56 
26Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:05:59 
27Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia  
28Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
29Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:16 
30Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:22 
31Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:07:31 
32Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:42 
33Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:08:54 
34Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia0:10:04 
35Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
36Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia  
37Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka  
38Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia  
39Daniel Patten (GBr) Team Wiggins  
40Michael Thompson (GBr) Team Wiggins0:10:48 
41Hassan Mohammed Al Murawwi (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team  
42Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
43Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge0:10:58 
44Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:11:10 
45Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:11:12 
46Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:11:30 
47Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:12:43 
48Jaber Almansory (UAE) UAE0:13:59 
49Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling0:14:41 
50Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky0:14:43 
51Gang Xu China Lampre-Merida  
52Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:15:11 
53Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia  
54Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
55Rafaa Chtioui (Tun) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:15:16 
56Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:16:21 
57Christopher Latham (GBr) Team Wiggins0:18:21 
58Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:18:45 
59Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:18:54 
60Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:19:42 
61Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
62Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
63Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:19:47 
64Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:19:49 
65Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
66Andrea Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:19:53 
67Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
68Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18  
69Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Movistar Team  
70John Murphy (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling  
71Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
72Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka  
73Majid Albalooshi (UAE) UAE  
74Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling  
75Luc Hall (GBr) Team Wiggins  
76Iain Paton (GBr) Team Wiggins  
77Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:20:32 
78Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:20:35 
79Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Argon 180:20:40 
80Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:20:47 
81Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:20:48 
82Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:20:54 
83Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha0:21:24 
84Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:21:26 
85Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:21:29 
86Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:21:31 
87Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:21:48 
88Mansoor Ali Shambih (UAE) Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team0:21:49 
89Ammar Abdulla (UAE) UAE0:21:57 
90Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:22:00 
91Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky0:22:08 
92Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:22:41 
93Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge0:23:07 
94Cheng Ji China Team Giant-Alpecin0:23:09 
95Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:23:38 
96Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:23:45 
97Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) MTN - Qhubeka0:23:59 
98Talal Al Balooshi (UAE) UAE0:24:32 
99Khaiam Alboloshi (UAE) UAE0:26:01 
100William Clarke (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:30:10 

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