Poels eliminated from UAE Tour GC on first summit finish

Wout Poels suffered in the heat
Wout Poels suffered in the heat (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Wout Poels was full of hope when he started stage 3 of the UAE Tour, but his dreams of a top general classification place evaporated in the scorching heat at Jebel Hafeet, with the Bahrain McLaren leader losing close to four minutes on stage winner and new race leader Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

Poels was one of the first major casualties when the race hit the final 10km climb and was duly dropped with 7.3km to go. He rode at his own pace to the summit but fell well short of his own expectations. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.