In His Own Words: Adam Yates on Tour de San Luis Stage Three

Wed 22 Jan 2014

The third stage of Tour de San Luis came down to a field sprint in Juana Koslay. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory Racing) proved quickest in the bunch to take the stage ahead of Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep). Aidis Kruopis was the team’s top finisher in 16th place.

With the majority of the field finishing on bunch time, the overall classification saw few changes. Phil Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) remains in the race leader’s jersey ahead of Marc de Maar (UnitedHealthcare). Christian Meier hangs onto third overall, 3’56 outside of the race lead. Ivan Santaromita rounds out the top ten overall while Adam Yates, in 19th place on the general classification, will spend another day in the best young riders jersey.

Following a hot, sunny day in South America, Yates checked in from the team hotel to answer a few questions about his day. In his own words, he describes Wednesday’s stage.

We had a bit of a cross-tailwind pretty much all day long. There was the early break as usual, and Garmin took off on the front for most of the day. The breakaway came back to the field with more than an hour left in the race. 

Around the same time the break came back to the bunch, QuickStep put the race into the gutter in the crosswinds. They went really hard for two or three kilometres. It split the fields, but everything came back together pretty quickly after the road changed directions. They split the race to bits but when the crosswind became a headwind it negated their efforts. 

It’s really hot out there, but it honestly isn’t too bad. I’m getting through quite a few bottles. I drank eight or nine today. As long as we keep drinking, it’s all right. This is part of the reason we came to Argentina early. It gave us time to get ready for the heat.

We saved as much energy as we could in the bunch today. We knew there would be a big fight to get on the front at the end. In the finish, we tried to help Aidis as best we could, but it was really difficult to keep a good position today. He wasn’t where he needed to be when the sprint started, so he wasn’t up there in the results.

I’m still in the best young riders jersey. It’s not really a priority for the team. It’s something I picked up on the way, really. We’re here to work for Aidis in the sprints, and now that guys like Ivan and Christian are doing well on the overall, we can support those goals, too.

The main difference for me in this race compared to races last year is that I have a bit more responsibility to the team. My job is to help out my teammates and look for ways to keep them safe. It’s a great experience, and I’m really enjoying myself here. I can’t complain.