Yates climbs to third on the day and into second overall at Tirreno AdriaticoSat 11 Mar 2017
2017 GP Larciano winner Adam Yates produced another fantastic performance for ORICA-SCOTT today, climbing into third place on stage four of Tirreno Adriatico to move into second on the general classification and also the best young riders white jersey.
One climb dominated the make up of today’s Queen stage and the anticipated battle on the slopes of the Terminnillo did not disappoint.
After the early breakaway had been caught a selection of race favourites formed inside the final 15kilometres and the attacks duly started to spring.
Yates, supported by Roman Kreuziger and Luke Durbridge until the last six kilometres was riding strongly and after thinning the group out with a punchy attack rode away with an elite group of less than ten riders.
Over the last couple of kilometres Nairo Quintana (Movistar) unleashed a series of devastating attacks and rode away to the stage win with Yates brilliantly holding his own and pushing on for third place and the podium.
“The team rode very well today,” said Sport director Matt White. “They were strong and rode with intelligence. It was looking a little bit dangerous going onto the last climb because the breakaway still had a small gap, but in the end it was finally caught and we saw the favourites show themselves.”
“Roman and luke stayed up there with Adam until the last few kilometres, with Roman policing any attacks and Luke, who is climbing very strongly at the moment, taking a couple of big turns at the front to bring things back together again.
“From there it was up to Adam and he didn’t disappoint, especially when you consider that today was only Adam’s eighth race day of 2017 and the first real sustained climb of the season.
“Of course we are very happy with today’s result and our position on the general classification, but there is still a long way to go and tomorrow’s stage in particular will be very difficult and there could easily be more changes to come.”
How it happened:
The Terminillo stage had finally arrived and another beautiful Italian morning welcomed the riders to the start in Montalto di Castro. A group of six riders skipped off the front in the first 20kilometres and formed the first break of the day.
The peloton were happy to let the move go and after 65kilometres of racing the six leaders had a ten-minute advantage as they started up the first climb of the day, La Colonetta.
Working well together throughout the mid section of the stage, the breakaway were still over seven minutes ahead as they entered the final 50kilometres with the brutal Termnillo climb looming ahead.
The race hit a long descent with 30kilometres to go as Sunweb started to up the pace in the bunch, immediately reducing the gap to the leaders to within four minutes.
As the climb began only one rider remained out front at 50seconds, but not for much longer. The peloton split as the climb intensified with the general classification teams forming the selection.
Kreuziger followed an attack by Michael Kwiatkowski (Team-Sky) with 12kilometres to go and made up a group of five alongside Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) and Johnathan Castroviejo (Movistar).
Inside the last ten kilometres and five became two as Kreuziger dropped back into the favourites group alongside Durbridge and Yates, leaving only Kwiatkowski and Spilak at 50seconds.
Attacks continued to fly and with four kilometres remaining a strong acceleration from Yates split the group completely leaving less than ten riders behind the leading duo.
Quintana passed Spilak at two kilometres and accelerated away to win the stage as Yates chased valiantly behind and into third on the stage and second in the provisional standings.
Tomorrow’s stage five is a tough one and covers 210kilometres from Rieti to Fermo on the Adriatic coast. Lots of sharp climbs and technical descents fill the course before an uphill finish that starts with ramps reaching 22%.
Tirreno Adriatico stage 4 results:
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 05:27:22
2. Geraint Thomas (Team-Sky) 00:00:18
3. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:24
General classification after stage 4:
1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 16:34:46
2. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) 00:00:33
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) 00:00:56
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