Adam Yates fights for second from late break in Montreal

Sun 13 Sep 2015

Clasica San Sebastian winner Adam Yates has finished second from a late break at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal in Canada.

After an active day by the entire ORICA-GreenEDGE team, the 23-year-old initiated a move on the final climb in the last lap to breakaway with Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal).

In the final, Yates made his move from behind but the legs of Wellens provided just too strong to take the victory.

The result marks ORICA-GreenEDGE’s third second place in as many races in Canada, following Yates’ second overall at the Tour of Alberta and Michael Matthews second place at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec on Friday.

How it happened:

An original group of 14 formed in the first ten kilometres of racing with ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Simon Yates amongst it.

When that group was brought back in, Simon remained active to ensure he was amongst the second breakaway of the day, this time with 20 riders, including teammate Michael Albasini.

With 80km to go the third break formed. It wouldn’t be the last of the race, but it would be one of the more dangerous.

The move consisted of six riders and they established two minutes advantage before ORICA-GreenEDGE committed riders to the chase and had it shut down within the final two laps.

On the final climb Adam Yates took his opportunity to attack and relieve the pressure from the remainder of the Australian outfit.

Wellens joined Adam Yates, with four further chasers behind. The duo would ride together until they contested for the victory.