Eighth for Yates on the first hilly day at the Tour of Poland

Mon 31 Jul 2017

2016 Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates climbed to eighth place on today’s stage three at the Tour of Poland.

On the day's final climb with 12kilometres to go, Australian Jack Haig animated the race with a solo attack that survived all the way to the one kilometre to go banner.

The chase behind lifted as the riders began the brutally steep final one kilometre climb where Yates put the pressure on and strung out the group inside the final 500metres.

In the end it was Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) who led the drag race to the finish line to claim the stage victory with Yates finishing closely behind in eighth spot which moves him into ninth place overall.

Sport director Dave McPartland was pleased with the whole team’s showing through the stage, taking the race on in the final stages.

“We really got amongst it today, we made our presence felt today with Jack’s move on the final climb,” McPartland said. “It was a good move from Jack to try and set Yates up but it actually could have gone either way, it was a big effort.”

“It was a dangerous move for the others and they had to chase hard to bring him back and he survived all the way until the final kilometre which was perfect and set Yates up really well.

“Yates put in an effort and in the end it just came down to maybe a little mistiming in the final few hundred metres. 

“We are happy with his showing and after his small break it’s good to see he is feeling strong and everything is on the right track on the first real GC day here.

“All the guys actually got around the circuit really well. It was a solid day and it was good to see Luka Mezgec and Caleb Ewan also riding strongly, which is also a good indication of their condition at the moment.”

How it happened:

Stage three of the Tour of Poland provided the first real test for the general classification contenders with a 161kilometre stage including four main categorised climbs and a hard final ascent to the finish line.

The day began like the previous two stages with a breakaway establishing in the early stages. Seven riders were able to break free and settled into a rhythm, opening up a maximum advantage of almost four minutes.

The current race leaders, Team Sky, controlled the main peloton and the distance to the leaders and as the race headed over the first climb of the day the escapees advantage dropped back down to around two minutes.

With 35kilometres to go the breakaway riders were finally swallowed up as the pace in the main bunch heated up and the attacks began.

With just 12kilometres remaining, Haig launched a well timed attack to put pressure on the riders behind and managed to quickly open up a 20second advantage.

The brave move saw the 23-year-old stayed away until the final kilometre as the fierce chance came ahead of the monsterous final one kilometre steep drag to the line.

The climb averaged 11percent with a maximum gradient of 17percent where Yates showed his legs and put in an effort which significantly strung out the reduced small bunch with 300metres to go.

It proved to be a little too much as the situation continued to change all the way to the line with Teuns eventually coming out on top and Yates crossing the line in eighth place.

Tour of Poland stage three results:

1. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) 3:51:41
2. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
8. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:07

General classification after stage three:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 10:03:02
2. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) +0:06
3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:12
9. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:25

 Photos courtesy of TDWsport