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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 5 of the UAE Tour, which sees the peloton tackle the summit finish at Jebel Hafeet for a second time in three days.

We join the action with 120km of racing left on the stage. Five riders are up the road as the peloton rides through the desert. They have an advantage of 5:50 at the moment.

The men out in the break are James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Larry Warbasse (AG2R La Mondiale), Tosh van der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Andrea Garosio (Vini Zabù-KTM) and Cristian Scaroni (Gazprom-RusVelo).

Just over 100km of flat roads lie between the riders and the climb to finish. It's windy out there, though much of the action today should be confined to the mountain slopes.

Here's our latest story from the race, on Astana's Alexey Lutsenko, who currently lies fifth overall.

The break are working well together and their gap is hovering around the six-minute mark.

UAE Team Emirates, Mitchelton-Scott and Team Ineos are among the teams working at the front of the peloton. Astana lie just behind.

106km remaining

Oliviero Troia is the man putting in the kilometres on the front of the peloton for UAE. The 25-year-old Italian is at the start of his fourth season with the team.

100km remaining

Groupama-FDJ and Ineos take to the front of the peloton with some pace as the peloton turns off the wide highway to a narrower road. It looks like they were trying to split the group in the wind.

Race leader Adam Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott squad are right up at front, though.

A couple of riders are struggling to hang on at the back of the peloton under this pace. The speed at the front has seen the gap to the break drop down to 4:30.

84km remaining

3:45 between break and peloton now. The dropped riders are around 30 seconds down.

The peloton is flying along at almost 60kph at the moment.

No major casualties from the peloton in that crosswind push, then.

76km remaining

The gap between peloton and break is now 3:30. The dropped riders have made their way back.

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66km remaining

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52km remaining

The riders hit the final 50km of the day. No change in situation at the moment.

Chris Froome heads back to the Ineos car to pick up some bottles for his teammates.

Here's our latest story on the Ineos man, who is in the midst of his first race since crashing at the Critérium du Dauphiné last year.

35km remaining

Mitchelton-Scott are in control of the peloton now.

27km remaining

It's just a case of waiting for the start of the climb now. 20km left to race.

Here's a look at the climb to the finish today.

Mitchelton-Scott and UAE Team Emirates control the front of the peloton.

Sunweb (Wilco Kelderman) and Groupama-FDJ (David Gaudu) are also up there.

15km remaining

2:40 now as Mitchelton-Scott push the pace.

Jack Bauer is at the head of the peloton for the Australian squad.

11km remaining

Scaroni led the break over the final intermediate sprint ahead of Garosio. They're climbing now.

It's no surprise that Knox is leading the break.

9.5km remaining

Bennett, Groenewegen, Cavendish, Ewan among those sitting up at the rear of the peloton.

8.5km remaining

Here's our story on Knox from stage 3, where he struggled in the heat on this same climb.

Race leader Yates is fourth wheel in the peloton at the moment. No real need for his team to blow things up here given his massive advantage on the GC.

7.5km remaining

More riders drop away from the back of the peloton. Up front, sprinter Luka Mezgec ends his stint for Mitchelton.

Formolo and Pogačar are on the front of the peloton, with Yates following the young Slovenian.

The peloton is really shattering now. No attacks up front though.

6.5km remaining

Formolo, Pogačar, Yates, Gaudu, Lutsenko is the order at the head of the peloton.

A grimacing Warbasse is caught by the peloton.

Dunbar, Valverde, Zakarin are also up there in what is now a 12-man elite group.

5km remaining

Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) is still in that lead group! Great ride from the time trial specialist.

And now he lets go.

4.5km remaining

Yates is right on his wheel. Lutsenko and Gaudu are the next men across.

And now Yates responds.

And now Pogačar has another go but Yates is right with him. Lutsenko and Gaudu hang in there too, as Zakarin comes across to make it five.

4km remaining

Zakarin just put in a dig, followed by Pogačar. The attacks have seen Knox dropped by the leading five.

3km remaining

And now Yates goes, followed by Pogačar.

And now they're all back together.

2.5km remaining

Nobody can follow Yates' attack.

Pogačar is stronger than Gaudu and Lutsenko and tries to get across.

The Slovenian is coming back to Yates as the Brit passes the 2km mark.

It's a shallower gradient than when the attacks were flying a few kilometres ago.

1.5km remaining

1km remaining

Gaudu flies away from Zakarin and Lutsenko.

Gaudu easily bridges the 12-second gap to the lead duo. Lutsenko made it across too!

Though maybe the gap wasn't quite 12 seconds there...

500 metres remaining

Pogačar lies at the back of the group, then jumps around the outside.

Lutsenko hits the front around the final bend!

Lutsenko vs Pogačar on the line with Yates just behind!

It looks like Pogačar might just have edged that. A win on home ground for UAE Team Emirates.

Knox crosses the line 1:04 down.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 of the UAE Tour.

Cofidis climber Jesus Herrada crosses the line over 1:30 down. Not a great day for the Spaniard.

A bit of a flub for Lutsenko at the finish there. He took a hand off the bars to start celebrating while Pogačar threw his bike across the line.

Pogačar speaks after his win.

Two more stages left in the UAE Tour, and Yates' lead, though slightly smaller after Pogačar took the time bonus on the line, is insurmountable. Lutsenko is also a little safer in third place.

A shot of today's winner, Tadej Pogačar, racing up the climb to the finish.

We have a short report and brief results up for stage 5 if you missed out on the action. Stay tuned for a full report, photo gallery and full results.

The finish line shot, with Pogačar just edging out Lutsenko at the top of the mountain.

That's all from us today. Be sure to check back for our full race report, and come back tomorrow for more live coverage of the UAE Tour.

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