Yates fights to fifth on stage five Volta Catalunya and jumps into fifth overallFri 24 Mar 2017
Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates fought hard on the final climb of today’s stage five, to place fifth which catapults him up to fifth place overall.
Yates battled it out on the steep slopes of the eight kilometre climb to keep himself in the front group which whittled down to just five riders before Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) launched away in the closing 500metres to take another stage victory.
The performance from the 24-year-old today moves him up into fifth place overall and represents the hardwork and commitment from the whole ORICA-SCOTT team so far this week.
“The boys did a good job with positioning and put Adam in a good place to try and go for the stage win here today.” sport director Neil Stephens explained.
“The best bike riders in the world are here and he is one of them. Today he couldn’t quite pull off the stage win but he did really well to place highly on the stage and move up in the overall classification.
“There is still a couple of days left to go, not only Adam but all the guys here are riding really well.”
After the first climb of the day at 60kilometres, a breakaway finally established with Damien Howson present for ORICA-SCOTT, which helped to take the pressure off the team.
“It was pretty hectic on the first climb today, there were a lot of riders jumping around so it was great for us to have Damien in the break,” Stephens continued.
“It was a good position for us to be in, you never know if the group will stay away and if that was the case then he could have a go himself otherwise we always had Adam behind."
How it happened:
Despite many attacks early on in the race, no riders where able to establish a lead before the peloton stared the second category climb, the Coll de Fatxes after 60kilometres.
Finally as the riders headed towards the summit of the climb a group of fifteen riders clipped off the front including Howson.
The sizeable group of leaders rode out to a maximum advantage of five minutes 40seconds before being reeled in by the peloton ahead of the final important eight kilometre climb.
The peloton arrived at the base of the climb mostly intact with the view of the steep mountain ahead with the summit finish at 1000metres altitude.
It was a race of attrition to begin with as the peloton whittled down to just 30riders as they approached the five kilometres to go mark.
Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) lifted the pace with four kilometres to go and quickly the group disintegrated even further.
Yates waited patiently before beginning his final effort and gradually worked his way back upto the front which was now just four riders, Valverde, Chris Froome (Team Sky), Marc Soler (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).
Inside the final 500metres the five leaders fought for the victory with Valverde coming out on top.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage five results:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 4:14:52
2. Christopher Froome (Team Sky) +0:13
3. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) ST
5. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:32
General classification after stage five:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 17:44:27
2. Christopher Froome (Team Sky) +0:21
3. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) +0:47
5. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:15
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