Adam Yates climbs to another top-ten on stage 17 of Tour de France

Wed 22 Jul 2015

British debutant Adam Yates has climbed to his third top-ten result at this year’s Tour de France on stage 17, the first of four stages in the Alps, today.

The 22-year-old was part of an initial 28-rider group before joining a select handful to chase Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) who escaped in the final 50km and eventually held on for victory.

Feeling the pinch on the penultimate climb, Yates pushed hard on the descent and final climb to the line to hold onto tenth place.

“A very credible ride by Adam today,” sport director Matt White said. “A top ten in another Alpine stage in the Tour is no easy feat.”

“We saw a very aggressive start and he found himself in a group of guys that are now in the top ten of general classification with Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale-Garmin) moving up considerably.

“He gave it all he could, amongst some very good company.

“He is 22years of age, in his first Tour de France. To be mixing it again at the tail end of the Tour is a great sign for the future and a great sign for the next couple of days as well.”

How it unfolded:

After a series of resistance-free breakaways in the second week of racing, today’s start to the final week was a little more aggressive.

It took the best part of 50km for a big group of 28 riders to form off the front of proceedings and despite a lack of cooperation by many of those within; it remained in one piece into the final 50km.

On the lower ramps of the category one Col d’Allos, Simon Geshke (Giant – Alpecin) attacked solo and reached a two-minute advantage. Behind him Yates was one of five who set off from the chase in pursuit.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) was the strongest of the pursuers on the major climb, but a crash unsettled the Frenchman on the descent and he dropped back.

Andrew Talansky became the most dangerous threat for Geschke, but he held on up the final climb for a strong solo victory.

Behind, the general classification riders threw multiple attacks at Chris Froome (Team Sky), but it wasn’t enough to gain any time back on the leader. Notably, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed on a descent and lost more time.