Adam Yates Wins Best Young Rider at Tour de San Luis

Mon 27 Jan 2014

Sasha Modolo (Lampre Merida) won the fast finish into Terrazas del Portezuelo on Sunday to cap off an exciting week of racing in Argentina. The Italian edged out Peter Sagan (Cannondale) for the Tour de San Luis stage victory. Max Richeze, the last lead-out man for Modolo, rounded out the stage podium. Jens Keukeleire was the top finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE in fifth place on stage seven.

Adam Yates crossed the finish line seven seconds behind the stage winner in a small group of riders that included overall leader Nairo Quintano (Movistar). The result allowed Yates to protect his position on the overall. He ended the seven day tour, his first race as a professional, in 11th place on the general classification and in the best young rider jersey.

While the flat day was largely regarded as a stage for the sprinters, the mountains classification had yet to be settled ahead of the stage start. The final KOM of the week sat at the 17 kilometre mark and was the scene of a showdown between mountains leader Quintana and double stage winner Julian Arredonda (Trek Factory Racing), with Quintana ultimately proving victorious.

After the mountains jersey was settled, the peloton sat up and allowed the early break to form. The four rider group that broke away from the bunch was never allowed to extend their advantage beyond the three minute mark. Lampre-Merida, working for Modola, set a steady tempo before reeling the leaders in for the sprint finish.