Yates continues to chip away towards top ten after stage 14 at the Giro d’ItaliaSat 20 May 2017
British star Adam Yates has climbed his way to sixth position on the mountain-top finish on stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia.
The 22-year-old took his most aggressive approach so far in the Italian Grand Tour by attacking on the final 11.8km climb, but the ORICA-SCOTT rider was not given any space by Nairo Quintana (Movistar) who subsequently counter attacked.
Yates fought strongly to stay with an elite group of five chasers before losing touch in the final two-kilometres, eventually finishing 41seconds down on Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who claimed the stage to extend his overall lead.
The performance was enough to move the Tour de France best young rider up two positions in the general classification to sit in 13th position, 7’43” behind Dumoulin and 2’07” outside the top ten.
“I was up there with the best guys in the world until about two-kilometres to go,” Yates said. “I needed to hang on a couple of hundred most metres before the flat and downhill but I just fell short.”
“I lost a couple of seconds but I also gained some time on a lot of other GC guys so all-in-all I’m pretty happy.”
Sport director Matt White was pleased with Yates’ performance in the first big test and warned there was more to come.
“Today was pan flat with one climb, we saw the best guys go head-to-head and Yatesy put up a great fight,” White said.
“We have seen mountain finishes, but not proper mountain stages and we won’t see that until next week. The Dolomites are where the action is coming and that is next week.”
How it happened:
For many, today’s stage 14 marked the start of the ‘real’ Giro, at least on the general classification front.
The short 131km stage was completely flat before a final 11km climb to the finish line.
Three riders made the day’s breakaway after a fierce battle but they weren’t given much breathing room from the peloton, largely thanks for FDJ who kept them within two-minutes.
The trio were caught at the bottom of the climb as the pace was set for an enthralling battle.
Sky were the first to attack before Yates also tested the waters but it was a move by Quintana that really split the field. The Colombian looked strong, but race leader Dumoulin steadily ate into his advantage with four riders on his wheel, including Yates.
Yates lost touch in the final kilometres as Dumoulin reached and passed Quintana for the stage victory. Yates battled on strongly to put time into many of his general classification and best young rider rivals.