Trek-Segafredo's Giacomo Nizzolo takes the Dubai Tour lead from Elia Viviani after coming second to Juan Jose Lobato on stage three to Hatta Dam

Movistar‘s Juan Jose Lobato powered up the Hatta Dam to take stage three of the Dubai Tour, beating new race leader Giacomo Nizzolo and Philippe Gilbert up the sharp climb.

Unlike the previous pan-flat stages, stage three had a few climbs for the riders to tackle, including the Hatta Dam climb, which tops out at 19 per cent over 500 metres to end the stage.

Lobato enjoyed a superb leadout from Movistar teammates Alex Dowsett and Jonathan Castroviejo in the run up to the final burst, allowing him to sprint up the hill to the line.

As the race entered its final 10km the sprint trains started to form, with Etixx-Quick Step hoping to put stage one winner Marcel Kittel back in the blue leader’s jersey.

Movistar took to the front with three kilometres to go, battling for prime position with Trek-Segafredo, who with Nizzolo and Fabian Cancellara had two excellent options for the win.

With 600m to go, BMC duo Gilbert and Samuel Sanchez shot off the front of the group, but couldn’t hold their attack to the end.

Lobato’s move proved decisive as Cancellara cracked on the climb, crossing the line two seconds ahead of the impressive Nizzolo, who has finished on the podium in all three stages so far.

BMC’s Silvan Dillier was arguably the fastest up the Hatta Dam climb, but came from too far behind to mount a serious challenge to Lobato, eventually pipping Cancellara to third place.

Mark Cavendish’s chances of winning a second consecutive Dubai Tour were ended when he crashed around five kilometres from the finish line, eventually crossing the line over six minutes down on Lobato.

Nizzolo’s consistency over the first three stages is rewarded by taking the race lead – one that he could keep hold of with a podium finish, although with Kittel just six seconds down the German could take the title if he wins stage four and Nizzolo finishes third or lower.

Dubai Tour stage three, Dubai-Hatta Dam (172km)
1. Juan Jose Lobato (Esp) Movistar, 4-13-23
2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 2s
3. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC, at 4s
4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo, st
5. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC, st
6. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step, st
7. Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 7s
8. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff, st
9. Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi, st
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx-Quick Step, at 8s

Overall standings after stage three
1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, 11-56-11
2. Juan Jose Lobato (Esp) Movistar, at 2s
3. Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx-Quick Step, at 6s
4. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC, at 12s
5. Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar, at 19s
6. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC, at 21s
7. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-Segafredo, st
8. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff, at 24s
9. Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi, st
10. Soufiane Haddi (Mor) Skydive Dubai, at 25s