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Just moments ago, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) was a faller in a low-speed crash in the peloton, but the Colombian has remounted and doesn't appear to be in any obvious distress.

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) were also held up in that incident, but they, too, have safely rejoined the peloton.

There were two non-starters today: Sefan De Bod and Jay Robert Thomson (NTT).

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General classification after stage 3

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) seized control of this UAE Tour with a remarkable display on the summit finish at Jebel Hafeet yesterday. The gaps at the top have been measured in seconds in years past, but Yates finished over a minute clear of the on-form Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) after a startling lone attack. The race tackles Jebel Hafeet all over again tomorrow, with Pogacar pledging to go on the offensive in a bid to discommode Yates.

Adam Yates wasn't far behind the earlier crash, but the Briton had time to react and avoid the incident altogether. 

Chris Froome (Ineos) is due to train at altitude in South Africa after the UAE Tour before racing the Volta a Catalunya in March. This is his first race since his heavy crash at the Criterium du Dauphie last June, and there was little surprise when Froome was off the pace on Jebel Hafeet. "My job was done before we’d even got to the climb. I’m here to just start my season and to start racing. Yesterday was about that," Froome said. Read more here.

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Ewan, incidentally, is not wearing the green jersey today despite leading the points classification. He wore a green jersey over his Lotto Soudal skinsuit at the start and in the neutralised zone, but he has since whipped it off as he doesn't want to sacrifice aerodynamics in the finale at Dubai City Walk.

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Beyond the UAE Tour, this is a very busy week of racing. The UCI Track World Championships get underway in Berlin today, and one of the highlights could be provided by Filippo Ganna (Italy). There are rumours he might have the form to lower his individual pursuit world record below the 4-minute barrier. Stephen Farrand has more here.

The best doubleheader on the calendar also takes place this week, as the Belgian season begins with the Opening Weekend of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Patrick Fletcher previews the action here.

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That crash served to split the peloton and Caleb Ewan was among those caught on the wrong side of the split, but it looks as though the bunch will reform almost as quickly as it broke up.

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There are some abrupt changes of direction in the finale and there is some wind around this afternoon, hence the increase in tension in the peloton as the sprinters' teams scramble for position near the front.

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Away from the UAE Tour, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has decided to start his road season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this weekend, having previously planned to make his 2020 bow at Strade Bianche. The Belgian took the decision to offset the possibility of cancellations due to measures being taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Italy. "With Van Aert's start in the Omloop, we anticipate a possible cancellation of other races on his program," read a statement from Jumbo-Visma. Read more here.

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Red jersey Adam Yates is surrounded by Mitchelton-Scott teammates near the head of the bunch, which is now 1:54 behind Will Clarke.

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Remy Mertz swung off the front and the bunch spread across the road once he did. Deceuninck-QuickStep have since taken up the reins of pursuit on behalf of Sam Bennett. The sprinters' teams can't afford to argue too long over who picks up the bill, otherwise Clarke could pull off a remarkable heist.

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Clarke is grinding into a headwind and trying to manage his advantage, but the intensity is - finally - rising in the peloton behind him.

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Mitchelton-Scott lead into the final right-hand turn...

Luka Mezgec leads out the sprint, but Shane Archbold is moving up...

Sam Bennett his the front from distance...

Dylan Groenewegen comes past, but Fernando Gaviria is closing...

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) wins stage 4 of the UAE Tour.

Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) just ran out of road and had to settle for second place.

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) was third ahead of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) took 5th. 

Result

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the peloton to retain the red jersey of overall leader.

General classification

Dylan Groenewegen speaks: "This one is really nice, all the sprinters are here, including myself. the first day I was not in the best position to make the sprint, but we saw that the speed was really good. So today was a little bit different. In the last corner, I was in really good position and we took the win so that’s really nice.

(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

That's Dylan Groenewegen's third win of the season after his brace of victories at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The Dutchman will have a different kind of season in 2020, as he misses the Tour de France but makes debuts at both the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. 

Before then, he will be in action at Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and the one-day Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Dylan Groenewegen wins at the 2020 UAE Tour.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Thanks for following our live coverage of the UAE Tour on Cyclingnews today. You can read a full report of today's action here. We'll be back with more tomorrow as the race scales Jebel Hafeet for the second time. 

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