Yates finishes in the top 20 overall in Tirreno-Adriatico

Tue 15 Mar 2016

Tirreno-Adriatico concluded today with a ten kilometre individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto with Adam Yates the best placed rider for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 19th position on the overall general classification.

Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) won stage seven with an emphatic victory in the individual time trial, whislt Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) held on to take the overall victory.

The race has not been without incident, when the decision to cancel Sunday's mountainous Queen stage because of snow led to unrest and frustration from a few of the participating teams. For ORICA-GreenEDGE, the week spent racing across Italy has given the team a valuable workout going into the Spring Classics.

Sports director Matthew White was satisfied with how the race unfolded and praised the attitude and effort of the team.

“We came in with two goals for the race, one was to win a stage and the other was to support Adam in the general classification," White said.

“We came close on two stages with Caleb (Ewan) and without the mountain stage on Sunday, Adam did well to finish where he did on the general classification.

“We are not far away from where we wanted to be at this stage of the season. In general our condition is good and we are in a good position going into the Spring Classics and the next part of the season.”

Luke Durbridge finished in 25th position on the final stage, 31seconds down on Fabian Cancellara. Colombian Esteban Chaves continued his grand tour preparation and placed 30th overall, the whole squad came through the week long race without any problems.

How it happened: 

A chilly but sunny day on the Adriatic brought to a close the 51st Tirreno-Adriatico. The completely flat ten kilometre course followed the straight coastal road from San Benedetto del Tronto to the Porto D’Ascoli and back again. One curious feature of the route was the numerous speed bumps that the riders had to negotiate.

The first rider out on the course was Svein Tuft of ORICA-GreenEDGE. Tuft posted a time of 12minutes 19seconds, with an average speed of 49kph. Yve Lampaert (Etixx-Quickstep) and Taylor Phinney (BMC) both set a time of 11minutes 33seconds, putting themselves in joint first place until Johan Le Bon of (FDJ) set a time of 11minutes 21seconds putting him in the provisional top spot.

Durbridge achieved a time of 11minutes 39seconds to put himself in the top five behind Le Bon and Alex Dowsett (Movistar). Durbridge remained with the best finishers until Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) hit the course, finishing with a time of 11minutes 23seconds, putting him into second place. World time trial champion Vasil Kiriyenka finished with a time of 11minutes 28seonds with the time of Le bon remaining the one to beat.

Cancellara rolled back the years to go straight into first place with a time of 11minutes 8seconds at an average speed of 54.4kph. No other rider managed to get near Cancellara’s time as the focus shifted to the battle for the overall general classification.

Van Avermaet started the day in the blue leader's jersey, seven seconds ahead of Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quickstep) and only eight seconds ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). The Tinkoff rider rolled off the ramp before Van Avermaet and clocked a time of 11minutes 32seconds, with Stybar significantly slower at 12minutes and five seconds.

For a few minutes it seemed as though Sagan may have won his first race in the world champion’s jersey but Van Avermaet powered his way through the final hundred metres of the course, beating Sagan by only one second to take the race victory.

ORICA-GreenEDGE are in action again at the weekend at the 107th edition of Milan-San Remo on Saturday 19th of March.

Tirreno-Adriatico stage seven results:

1. Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) 0:11:08
2. Johan Le Bon (FDJ) 0:00:13
3. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) 0:00:15
25. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 0:00:31 

Tirreno-Adriatico overall general classification:

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) 20:42:22
2. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 0:00:01
3. Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quickstep) 0:00.23
19. Adam Yates (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 0:01:11