ABU DHABI Portugal’s Rui Costa snatched the basic lead of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Saturday soon after powering to victory inside the third stage.
Costa, driving for residence-primarily based Group Emirates, beat Katusha-Alpecin’s Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin in a dash soon after an 11-km climb to the finish of the 186-km mainly flat stage.
The 30-year-old former globe street champion leads Zakarin by four seconds going into the ultimate day across the native Elements 1 circuit and, barring a crash, seems set to say victory.
A 5-man breakaway constructed up a lead of five minutes by indicates of the desert nevertheless was reeled in 15km from the best when Costa and Zakarin attacked the peloton and cast forward.
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin attempted to chase them down nevertheless could not bridge the hole and required to accept third as the two leaders fought out the stage victory on higher of the Jebel Hafeet mountain.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman Modifying by Clare Fallon)