For the second consecutive time CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider made the top 10 on the Dubai Tour stage. Davide Rebellin finished 9th on the hardest day of racing and proved that he has still a lot of motivation and power in his legs.
The last 5 kilometers were extremely fast and you had to be at the head of the group to be in the contention. If somebody had a podium in mind, one had the take the last corner in the top 5 positions. I was around 10. The last climb was steep, but short, so the sprinters were not ruled out of the fight for the victory. I’m happy with my 9th place and my form that I am presenting in the first race of the season – Davide Rebellin explained.
6 escapees made an attempt to outsmart the bunch on Stage 3. Chun Kei Feng (Lampre – Merida), Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling), Francisco Mancebo (Skydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team – Al Ahli Club), David Lozano Riba (Team Novo Nordisk) and Andrew Tennan (Team Wiggins) pulled away right after the start.
It was never easy for the attackers to create too much of a gap. Peloton was in the control the entire stage and the biggest advantage of the day was only 2:15.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders were sitting in the first part of the field, making sure, that the team’s leader for that stage, Davide Rebellin, is safe and well protected before the final hill to Hatta Dam.
The escapees were getting dropped from the leading group one ofter another. The gap was closed definitely around 12 kilometers from the line, when the attacks from the bunch started. Numerous riders took advantage of a short, penultimate hill and tried to break clear late in the race. Among them there were two “riders in orange”. Eventually everyone came back together and a big group entered the foot of the final climb. Rebellin was there and was well positioned.
In the hardest part of the slope, Juan José Lobato (Movistar) put the hammer down and left everyone behind. He crossed the line by himself, 2 seconds ahead of the new GC leader, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) and Silvana Dilliera (BMC Racing).
Davide Rebellin arrived 7 seconds back in 9th place. He also moved to 9th in the general classification. He is 24 seconds behind Nizzolo and there is one more stage to go. It is completely flat and it’s expected that no drastic changes will be made in the overall standings.