Adam Yates attacks his way through the final stage to finish 2nd overall in Volta Catalunya

Sun 31 Mar 2019

Stage three winner Adam Yates displayed great determination and motivation on today’s final stage of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, fighting all the way to the finish line in Barcelona in his attempt to claim the overall title.

After breaking away with his brother Simon, with just three laps remaining, the Yates brothers took the bull by the horns and at one point, it almost looked as though Adam had done enough to secure the overall title.

In the end a solo move by Adam was brought back on the final lap by a chasing group including Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team), which meant Adam had to settle for second place overall, a bitter feeling, just two-weeks after losing the overall title on the final day of Tirreno-Adriatico.  

Eleven form the first breakaway

The riders headed away from Barcelona city centre for an opening 52kilometre lap where a breakaway of 11riders formed within the first 10kilometres of the stage. The group opened up their advantage to over four-minutes before returning to Montjuic, ready to complete eight local laps of a 11.2kilometre hilly circuit.

Mitchelton-SCOTT led the peloton into the final circuits as the leader’s advantage dropped down to just two minutes.

The undulating lap around Montjuic

With the hilly terrain around Montjuic and a main 2.2kilometre climb with an average gradient of 5.3%, the race soon changed as the riders headed around the final circuits.

Davide Folomo (Bora-Hansgrohe) attacked away solo from the breakaway group and behind, Mitchelton-SCOTT continued to lead the peloton before starting to attack one-by-one.

The twins escape

With less than 25kilometres to go, Simon Yates launched a second attack and quickly opened up a gap and was immediately followed by his brother. The pair went in hot pursuit of the solo leader, with three more riders bridging across for a short period.

Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quickstep) continued ahead with the Yates brother as the others two riders dropped off and shortly after Adam made a move into the final lap.

As the virtual leader, his advantage continued to increase but with just five kilometres to go, the chasing group caught Yates and ended his pursuit of glory.

Formolo held on to take the stage win with Adam crossing the line in seventh place to maintain his second place overall, to add to his stage win on day three.

Adam Yates

“We wanted to be aggressive in the final and today was the last opportunity to take some time. Everybody knows this circuit is not like rolling into Paris, it is not an easy day, it’s not an easy circuit and we tried to make it hard from the beginning. 

“Even earlier on before the circuits we rode, just to make sure we were out of the wind and in good position and at the end there we were aggressive. We had Grmay Tsgabu riding to make it hard and then the guys attacking every lap or every other lap.

“I think it was three laps to go when Simon attacked again and that was the moment so I went across to him. It wasn’t planned or anything but we rode well there for a couple of laps and it not too easy to take time on this circuit.

“It was the last chance so why not have a good go and we tried, we gave it a go and all the guys rode really well today. On to the next one.”

Julian Dean - Sport Director 

“Our objective coming in was a podium finish overall and a stage win so we liked those boxes. We went down fighting today, the guys did an amazing ride and we can’t ask anything more than that from them.

“One thing about Adam and Simon is they are racers, they know what to do and when to do it and that is the one of the exciting things about working with them. They really have the racing instinct and we saw that today.”

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 7:

1. D Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:19:41
2. Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quickstep) +o:51
3. Max Schachmann (Bora-Hanserohe) +0:53
4. Dion Smith (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:55

Final General Classification:

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) 
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT)
3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) 

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