Adam Yates puts in a strong performance on stage 3 Volta Catalunya to finish 3rd & up to 8th overallWed 22 Mar 2017
Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates put in a solid performance today in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya to finish in third place on the first real mountain test of the race.
The 24-year-old put in a strong effort with 400metres remaining on the steep slopes up to the finish in La Molina but Alejandro Valverde (BMC Racing) and Dan Martin (Quickstep-Floors) jumped past on the final corner to snatch the first two spots.
“In the final part of the race when the other big team were still not moving Adam was feeling good so he went,” sport director Neil Stephens explained. “He realised that 400metres was still quite a long way to go on this climb and then Martin and Valverde, who are both punchy riders sprinted past him in the final moments to take the top places."
“Adam suffered from illness only last week but today he was up there climbing with the worlds best and actually taking it to them.
“We are super happy to have him back in good shape and now in to eighth in the general classification.
"We will see how the week pans out but we may be able to have another go at a another stage victory.”
ORICA-SCOTT were well represented throughout the race, especially on the final challenging climbs as Carlos Verona put in a strong attack with six kilometres remaining. The put pressure on the other teams to chase and set Yates up well for the steep finish.
“Carlos was feeling good so when he attacked it was good for Adam to change up the tempo bit and gave us a two pronged attack.” continued Stephens. “It was a good move for us and also was good for Carlos to test his legs a bit ahead of the next days.”
How it happened:
After a sunny first stage and a race against the clock yesterday, the riders headed into the mountains today in much cooler conditions.
Despite numerous attempts early on, a lead group did not establish until 60kilometres into the stage. The quadruplet of Serry (Quickstep-Floors), Berhane (Dimension-Data), Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Rubio (raja Rural) rode out to a maximum advantage of seven minutes as they headed closer to the first of the three finishing climbs.
The first category climb of the day ‘Alt de Toses’, the leaders were drawn back in to just four minutes and had dropped down to three.
Behind the large peloton shattered into groups with ORICA-SCOTT still represented with six riders in the now reduced chase group.
On the penultimate climb up to La Molina, Verona, Yates and Damien Howson remained at the front as Team Sky set a solid tempo to eventually reel in the trio of leaders with just 10kilometres to go.
In a good position, Verona made a solo attacked with six kilometres left and put pressure on the other teams to chase. He was caught a few kilometres later with Yates waiting patiently at the front before lifting the pace with 400metres to go.
In the end the winning move came from Valverde who launched around the final steep bend with 250metres to go to steal the victory ahead of Martin and Yates.
The performance today moves Yates upto eighth place overall, one minute and 18seconds down with four stages and a summit finish still to come.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage three results:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 5:07:12
2. Daniel Martin (Quickstep Floor) ST
3. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) 0:03
General classification after stage three:
1. Tejay van Gardeen (BMC Racing Team) 10:24:33
2. Samuel Sanchez (BMC Racing Team) +0:41
3. Gearing Thomas (Team Sky) +0:44
8. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:18
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