Kangert wins Abu Dhabi Tour stage 3

Tanel Kangert (Astana) soloed to victory on the Jebel Hafeet on stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour. He topped Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) by 17 seconds after the two broke away on the final climb, with Mekseb Debesay (Dimension Data) taking an impressive third place. Kangert now leads Roche in the overall classification by 21 seconds.

"Yesterday, Vincenzo told me that he was going to work for me today and I knew that I had a chance to do something. If I have the chance then I really have to use it and luckily I had the legs today," said Kangert.

"We knew from the start that we had two good climbers here, Vincenzo and, if I had good legs, I knew that I could also be there. Luckily, I had a good day and that was the tactic, we just had to be there in the final. For a moment, it was quite hectic with the side wind but luckily our team was really good and strong in the beginning, and they protected us from the crosswinds. I arrived on the climb quite fresh.

"I think he [Roche] was more tired than I was, and I was a little bit afraid of a headwind in the final but luckily the wind changed direction."

With 10-kilometre climb to the finish, stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour was a crucial one for the overall classification. It started calmly enough with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Michael O'Loughlin (WIGGINS), Marco Coledan (Trek-Segafredo) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) getting away in the opening kilometres. The quartet was allowed over five minutes of an advantage before crosswinds caused a stirring of action in the bunch behind.

Team Sky led the charge when the gusts hit the peloton with just under 60 kilometres to the line. Their efforts did some damage, forcing the peloton into three groups and bringing the leaders to within two minutes. The shake-up didn't have any serious victims as all the main contenders made the cut, along with race leader Mark Cavendish.

Sensing the closing pack, Van Avermaet gave a few furtive looks over his shoulder before he and his companions were finally brought back with just over 30 kilometres remaining. The Olympic champion wasn't quite done yet and he had another punt off the front with Movistar's Francisco Ventoso. Their effort was doomed though and he would barely make it to the climb before they were caught again.

As Van Avermaet was brought back to heel, Carlos Verona made strong attack and built a lead of over 30 seconds. Behind, Roche continued the pressure put on by his Sky teammates earlier in the stage, joined by Kangert. The increased pace whittled down the group of contenders to a very select group, which included Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff). It also demolished the lead that Verona had worked so hard to build and the Spaniard was caught with six kilometres still to go.

Verona tried to hang on to Roche and Kangert but he soon found himself distanced. Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff) saw an opportunity and attacked into the gap but didn't have the power to bridge the gap to the two leaders, who were now 30 seconds up on the main chasing group.

With three kilometres to go Roche cracked, slipping back on the steepest part of the climb. The Sky rider managed to hold the gap at first, but it proved the definitive moment and Kangert would go on to take the stage win and the overall lead.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team3:31:31
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:00:17
3Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:33
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team0:00:50
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:00:52
8Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:19
9Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:28
10Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:05
13Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:09
14Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:18
15Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:31
16Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:02:43
18Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:55
19Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:38
21Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:40
22Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:04
23Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:04:06
24Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:36
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:06:40
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:08:45
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:35
28Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:12:18
29Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2
30Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 29 - Cell 2
31Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension DataRow 30 - Cell 2
32Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 31 - Cell 2
33Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 33 - Cell 2
35Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINSRow 35 - Cell 2
37Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 36 - Cell 2
38Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 37 - Cell 2
39Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 38 - Cell 2
40Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:12:23
44Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:13:19
45Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:13:48
46Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:14:17
47Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:14:28
48Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:14:56
50Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 49 - Cell 2
51Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 50 - Cell 2
52Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:15:00
56Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:15:14
57Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:15:29
58Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 57 - Cell 2
59Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:17:04
60Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 59 - Cell 2
61Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 60 - Cell 2
62Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:43
63John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:47
64Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:55
65Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:18:47
66Elia Viviani (Ita) Team SkyRow 65 - Cell 2
67Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 66 - Cell 2
68Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 67 - Cell 2
69Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro CyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - MeridaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 72 - Cell 2
74Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 73 - Cell 2
75Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 75 - Cell 2
77Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:19:04
78Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:19:14
79Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:20:26
80Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:20:28
81Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:36
82Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 81 - Cell 2
83Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 83 - Cell 2
85Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:20:49
86Badr Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:21:09
87Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:22:17
89Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:23:04
90Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 90 - Cell 2
92Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 91 - Cell 2
93Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 92 - Cell 2
94Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 93 - Cell 2
95Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 94 - Cell 2
96Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 96 - Cell 2
98James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 98 - Cell 2
100Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:23:09
101Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 100 - Cell 2
102Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:21
103Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:25
DNSAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFFrancisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team20pts
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team7Row 4 - Cell 3
6Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, km. 30.4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo8pts
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Green Mubazzarah, km. 136.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team8pts
2Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data1Row 3 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1ONE Pro Cycling10:43:26
2Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:15
4Astana Pro Team0:07:11
6Tinkoff Team0:08:21
7Movistar Team0:09:35
8Dimension Data0:12:43
9BMC Racing Team0:14:19
10Team Wiggins0:17:52
11CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:18:19
12Lampre - Merida0:18:54
13Lotto Soudal0:20:26
15Team Sky0:33:15
16Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:34:30
17Minsk Cycling Club0:37:33
18Nasr Dubai0:43:37
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General classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team9:19:44
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:00:21
3Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:00:43
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:01:00
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:02
7Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:29
8Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:38
9Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff TeamRow 9 - Cell 2
11Daniel Pearson (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:02:19
12Karol Domagalski (Pol) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:28
13Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:32
14Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:41
15Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange0:02:53
16Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:02:58
18Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:03:45
19Hayden McCormick (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling0:03:50
20Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:56
21Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-BikeExchange0:04:16
22Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:49
23Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:06:34
24Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:06:49
25Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin0:07:05
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data0:08:38
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:09:45
28Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:12:24
29Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:12:25
30Steele Von Hoff (Aus) ONE Pro CyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchangeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 32 - Cell 2
34Siarhei Papok (Blr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michael O'loughlin (Irl) Team WIGGINS0:12:27
36Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre - Merida0:12:28
37Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 37 - Cell 2
39Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:12:39
40Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data0:13:14
41Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:13:44
42Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange0:13:46
43Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:14:46
44Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:14:53
45Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:14:59
46Jaber Almansoori (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:15:06
47Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:15:10
51Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:15:52
52Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:16:57
53Yauheni Sobal (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:17:14
54Michal Paluta (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:17:17
55Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:17:28
56John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:17:48
57Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:18:02
58Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:18:13
59Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data0:18:28
60Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky0:18:48
61Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:18:50
62Yousif Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:18:54
63Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre - Merida0:18:57
64Edward Ravasi (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Ahmed Almansoori (UAE) Nasr DubaiRow 64 - Cell 2
66Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-SoutheastRow 65 - Cell 2
67Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom-RusveloRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:19:12
69Samuel Williams (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:19:14
70Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre - Merida0:19:37
71Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin0:19:47
72Artem Nych (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo0:19:49
73Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro Team0:19:52
74Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:19:56
75Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 74 - Cell 2
76Alan Banaszek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:20:46
77Oleksandr Golovash (Ukr) Minsk Cycling ClubRow 76 - Cell 2
78Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:20:56
79Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data0:20:57
80Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:21:07
81Badr Alhammadi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:21:19
82Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:21:59
83Stanislau Bazhkou (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:22:20
84Majid Albalushi (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:22:27
85Kristian House (GBr) ONE Pro Cycling0:22:34
86Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:23:01
87Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:23:11
88Anton Ivashkin (Blr) Minsk Cycling Club0:23:14
89Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team SkyRow 88 - Cell 2
90Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:31
92James Knox (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 91 - Cell 2
93Erik Baska (Svk) Tinkoff Team0:23:32
94Matteo Draperi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast0:23:35
95Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team WIGGINSRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team WIGGINS0:23:45
97Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:24:01
98Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data0:24:03
99Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:24:34
100Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:24:51
101Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:27:16
102Nasser Almemari (UAE) Nasr Dubai0:27:43
103Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky0:27:56
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Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data33pts
2Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-BikeExchange32Row 1 - Cell 3
3Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo28Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Dion Smith (NZl) ONE Pro Cycling18Row 4 - Cell 3
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky16Row 5 - Cell 3
7John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin16Row 6 - Cell 3
8Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky16Row 7 - Cell 3
9Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana Pro Team12Row 9 - Cell 3
11Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo11Row 10 - Cell 3
12Christopher Latham (GBr) Team WIGGINS11Row 11 - Cell 3
13Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team10Row 12 - Cell 3
14Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-BikeExchange10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida9Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team9Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast9Row 16 - Cell 3
18Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Southeast8Row 17 - Cell 3
19Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff Team8Row 18 - Cell 3
20Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team7Row 19 - Cell 3
21Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team5Row 20 - Cell 3
22Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo4Row 21 - Cell 3
23Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange4Row 22 - Cell 3
24Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo4Row 23 - Cell 3