Photographs from stage three of the 2015 Dubai Tour, won by John Degenkolb. Photos by Graham Watson

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John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) stormed to victory on the final steep ramp to the line on the third stage of the 2015 Dubai Tour on Friday.

The German rode away from the peloton at the end of a surprisingly hilly stage to take a hard-earned win ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and put himself in the blue leader’s jersey.

>>> John Degenkolb powers to Dubai Tour stage three victory (report)

Former leader and stage one winner Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) slips to second place overall, just four seconds behind Degenkolb.

If Cavendish wins Saturday’s flat final stage and Degenkolb is out of the top five, the Manxman could still take the overall win in the race, giving his season – and morale – a big early boost.