Adam Yates loses time in demanding stage 13 TT

Fri 19 Jul 2019

Team leader Adam Yates dropped time on his general classification rivals after a demanding time trial on stage 13 of the Tour de France.

The Brit finished the day in 34th, 2’08” down on the eventual stage winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick Step) as attention now turns to the mountains and tomorrow’s summit finish up the Tourmalet.

Safe and Sound

Michael Hepburn was the first rider off the ramp for the team in Pau, with the Australian content to make it safely through the day, as was Dane Chris Juul-Jensen who followed his teammate down the ramp nine minutes later.

Australian time trial champion Luke Durbridge was the next away, but on a course that wasn’t suited to the 28-year-old, he rolled home in 79th place. Stage 12 winner Simon Yates also look it steady around the demanding course, happy with his efforts from the previous day.

Multiple South African TT champion Daryl Impey was next off the start line, but with a stage win already in the bag and on an unfavourable course, the veteran focussed on bringing it home. Matteo Trentin and Jack Haig set off within three minutes each other and the duo also focussed on saving their legs for the mountain stages to come.

GC Battle

Attention then turned to the general classification contenders with Adam Yates set to start his effort on the 27.2-kilometre course. Stage eight winner Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) was the man in the hot seat as the GC hopefuls took to the course with a benchmark time of 35’36”.

Richie Porte was the first of the riders with GC aspirations to get anywhere near De Gent, but was still 45-seconds off. Yates meanwhile came through the opening checkpoint 20-seconds down on the fastest time set through the split and three of the remaining riders passed through quicker than De Gendt.

Yates was 50-seconds down through split two and the Brit battled on to limit his losses as he raced to the line. The 26-year-old eventually crossed the line 1’32” down on De Gendt, but eyes then turned to the remaining runners as Alaphilippe powered around the course to victory, beating Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) to the top spot.

Adam Yates:
"It was a tough TT. The first bit I was going pretty good and then I was losing five or 10-seconds here and there, so not my best TT but it is what it is."

"We’ll keep going, tomorrow is a tough day, a short one and then on Sunday it’s another tough one which I’ve actually reconned so I know that one."

Matt White (Sports Director):
"It was an interesting time trial today, I don’t think anyone would have predicted that Alaphilippe would win it, especially beating the likes of Geraint Thomas."

"With the GC battle and where we’re concerned we’ve lost a little bit more time than we would have liked, but in the end it’s still very, very close. We’re still in the top-10, only seconds away from the people in front and it’s going to be interesting to how the tactics change with INEOS not in the yellow jersey and a lot of the GC guys very tight on the general classification."

"We’ve got one of the first king mountain stages tomorrow, the famous Tourmalet, it's a shorter stage kilometre-wise, but a brutal one that goes very, very high. So there's still a lot to play for tomorrow and it's a big weekend ahead."

Tour de France 2019 Stage 13 Results:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 35:00
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +0:14
3. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) +0:36
34. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOT) +2:08

General Classification After Stage 13:
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) 53:01:09
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:26
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) 2:12
10. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +3:55

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.