Fifth on the final stage seals seventh overall for Yates at the Criterium du Dauphine

Sun 12 Jun 2016

Briton Adam Yates finished in fifth place on the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine today, taking seventh on the general classification for ORICA-GreenEDGE after a string of impressive performances in the French Alps.

Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) won the race after a series of attacks on the final two climbs with Romain Bardet (AG2R-Mondiale) in second place and Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) completing the podium in third.

Yates rode well throughout the week with a third place finish on stage five the highlight for ORICA-GreenEDGE as the 23-year-old continues to impress in his preparations for this years Tour de France.

The team raced intelligently again today with South African Daryl Impey infiltrating the breakaway on yet another mountain stage and then providing valuable support for Yates in the final 30kilometres.

Sport director Laurenzo Lapage was pleased with how the race went for ORICA-GreenEDGE and in particular with the condition of Yates in the mountains.

“I'm very proud of the team and their performances this week,” said Lapage. “This is not an easy race and the last three days in the mountains have been especially difficult."

“Adam (Yates) gave it everything again today and secured a great result for us and was also very close to winning the young riders jersey.

“His progression is a good sign for the upcoming Tour de France and also the attitude of our guys has been exemplary."

Lapage went on to praise the selfless work of Mitch DockerJens KeukeleireSimon Gerrans, Christian Meier, Jack Haig and serial breakaway rider Impey.

“Jack (Haig) has been very impressive over the last couple of days in the mountains and the climbers would not get these oppurtunities without the work of Simon (Gerrans), Christian (Meier), Jens (Keukeleire), Mitch (Docker) and Impey.

“Everyone gave the maximum and you cannot ask for anything more. We look forward to a little break now before the next races and we can all be happy with what we achieved here.”

How it happened:

The seventh and final stage of the 2016 Criterium du Dauphine began at a furious pace with attacks springing immediately out of the neutral zone in Le-Pont-de-Claix.

Young ORICA-GreenEDGE climber Haig tried to go clear with a burst of speed at the start of the first climb after only two kilometres but was marked tightly by the super attentive peloton.

Strong tailwinds and the high pace saw many riders lose contact within the first few minutes as the gradient instantly ramped up to over 6%.

Finally a group of nineteen riders developed a lead of over three minutes on the Team-Sky led peloton. For the second day in succession the group included Impey for ORICA-GreenEDGE.

Thomas De Gendt, Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) were also present in the attack. The fast start continued, with 38kilometres covered in the first hour of racing.

After 60kilometres of racing the advantage of the nineteen leaders had fallen to two minutes with Etixx-Quickstep leading the chase.

Stephen Cummings (Dimension-Data) attacked on the first category Col de Moissiere and gained an immediate advantage, splitting the breakaway group in the process.

With just under 50kilometres to go the now heavily reduced peloton was three and a half minutes behind Cummings and merging with the remnants of the earlier breakaway.

Cummings extended his lead out to over four minutes as Impey dropped into the yellow jersey group to support Yates as Haig also regained contact.

Into the final 20kilometres and Cummings was over five minutes ahead of the bunch.

Contador unleashed his attack with 12kilometres to go and gained twenty metres as the group broke apart. Froome, Richie Porte (BMC) and Bardet were the only riders able to follow Contador.

The group came back together on the intermediate descent before the short final climb with Yates bridging across to Martin and then the Froome/Contador group.

With less than three kilometres to go and Cummings still around four minutes ahead the favourites were all together with Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) hanging onto the wheel of Yates.

Cummings crossed the line alone, winning the stage by over four minutes as the battle for the overall continued behind him.

Martin sprinted out of the group 100metres before the line to claim second place with Yates finishing fifth on the day and sealing seventh on the general classification.

ORICA-GreenEDGE are next in action at the Tour of Slovenia from the 16th -19th of June.

Criterium du Dauphine stage seven results:

1. Stephen Cummings (Dimension-Data) 04:05:06
2. Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) 00:03:58
3. Romain Bardet (AG2R-Mondiale) ST
5. Adam Yates (ORICA-GreenEDGE) ST

Final General Classification:

1. Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) 29:59:31
2. Romain Bardet (AG2R-Mondiale) 00:00:12
3. Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) 00:00.19
7. Adam Yates (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 00:00:57