Second for Yates on the final stage and fifth overall at the Tour of PolandFri 4 Aug 2017
2016 Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates sprinted to second place from a small front group on today’s final stage at the Tour of Poland.
The stage result moves Yates up overall to fifth place with Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing Team) sealing the general classification victory and Wout Poels (Team Sky) taking the stage win.
ORICA-SCOTT were once again aggressive throughout the race with Ruben Plaza and Rob Power in the day’s main breakaway which set up Yates and Jack Haig for the final.
The consistent performances and teamwork leaves sport director Dave McPartland pleased with the outcome of the week, claiming two stage victories with Caleb Ewan and Haig, three second place finishes on stage one, five and seven, plus fifth overall and eighth place overall.
“Everyone has been riding really well together, putting it on the line for each other and all in physically top condition,” McPartland explained. “It was great to have Ruben and Rob up the road today which set up Yates and Haig once again for the final, so hats off to those guys for their efforts today.”
“We came here with high expectations and goals to win stages. To take two stage wins and finish fifth overall with Yates is positive, also considering he hasn’t raced for a while and the next big goal is the Vuelta.
“It’s been a great week with all the guys here in good condition and they’ve shown their strengths this week which we've seen with Luka Mezgec taking a close second place on a stage and also with Haig’s solo victory.”
How it happened:
Stage seven, the final stage of the tour saw a group of 12riders establish in the early stages as the day’s main breakaway.
Power and Plaza were present for ORICA-SCOTT in the group as they opened up a three minute advantage over the steady peloton.
With 30kilometres to go Plaza attacked with the World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), and the duo hovered 20seconds head of the rest of the breakaway riders.
Eventually Sagan attacked again, dropped Plaza and led the race solo. However it wasn't to be, at 13kilometres to go the reamining breakaway riders were all swallowed up on the steep slopes of the penultimate climb with the peloton now significantly reduced.
Haig and Yates found themselves once again in the reduced front chase group as the time gap to Sagan began to plummet.
With 10kilometres to go Haig bridged across to the solo leader Sagan with two Team Sky riders. Eventually the group came back together again and an uphill sprint concluded the day.
Yates led out but was passed in the final moments by Poels who snatched the stage victory.
The Australian outfit wrap up the seven day tour with two stage victories, three second place finishes, fifth and eighth on GC.
Tour of Poland stage seven results:
1. Wout Poels (Team Sky) 3:26:20
2. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
3. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
Final general classification:
1. Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) 27:07:47
2. Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) +0:02
3. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +0:03
5. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:13
Photos courtesy of TDWsport