Yates drops down to 7th overall after final mountain stage of Tour de France

Thu 17 Sep 2020

Briton Adam Yates sits seventh overall after stage 18, the last mountain stage, of the Tour de France today.

Yates finish 17th at the finish in La Roche-sur-Foron, four-minutes 34seconds down on stage winner Michal Kwiatowski (INEOS Grenadiers) and two-minutes 40seconds down on the yellow jersey group of Primoz Roglic.

All-in for Yates:
After countless attempts to make the breakaway in recent days, Mitchelton-SCOTT put all of their eggs in the Yates ‘general classification’ basket.

Yates was supported by the full team, with most staying with the 28-year-old until the start of the final classified climb. Colombian Esteban Chaves was the final surviving teammate before he lost touch mid-way up the climb.

Not enough:
As the high pace continued on the upper slopes, Yates lost touch from the back of the favourites group and rode his momentum to the top and over the gravel section. 

Teammate Chaves re-joined him and worked to drive the pair down the valley to limit the damage. 

With a lumpy stage tomorrow and penultimate-day time trial before the ceremonious stage in Paris, Yates sits in seventh overall, five-minutes 55seconds behind race leader Roglic.

Adam Yates:
"In the beginning it was fine, everything was under control and I had a lot of teammates around me and we just tried to stay cool and out of trouble. As the day went on it just got worse and worse, it is stage 18 of the Tour so I think everybody is tried and so am I. We held on for as long as we could but in the end, we lost some time but I am still inside the top 10 on GC.

“It was a really tough climb, we’ve done it before in the Tour in 2018, so I knew it was going to be really tough, especially with the gravel section over the top.

“Once I started suffering, I just tried to keep calm and tried to pace myself a little bit and then took a bit of a rest of the descent. Thankfully I had Esteban with me, we worked well in the valley towards the finish but again it was a hard day. 

“It was tough [the gravel section] and there were quite a lot of holes, by that point I was still off the back and trying to find my rhythm and trying to pace myself and then once we got over the top I was with Esteban and we did what we could to get back, but unfortunately today wasn’t enough.”

Tour de France – Stage 18 Results:
1. Michal Kwiatowski (INEOS Grenadiers) 4:47:33
2. Richard Carapaz (INEOS Grenadiers) ST
3. Wout Van Aert (Team Jumbo – Visma) +1:51
17. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +4:34

Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 18:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 79:45:30
2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:57
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) +1:27
7. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +5:55

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