Yates moves up to 5th overall with attacking stage 15 of Tour de France

Sun 13 Sep 2020

Briton Adam Yates has stepped up to fifth overall with an attacking finale to stage 15 that saw a number of general classification riders fall out of contention at the Tour de France

Unable to make the breakaway, Mitchelton-SCOTT settled into a support role for Yates who put in a brief solo attack on the final climb before settling back in the elite group and holding on for eighth on the stage, 15-seconds down on stage winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

Flat start:
A largely flat start to the stage made it difficult for riders to form a breakaway and the battle continued on for over 50km.

Mitchelton-SCOTT was active in the majority of attempts, with the likes of Chris Juul-Jensen, Daryl Impey and Jack Bauer trying to launch Colombian climber Esteban Chaves into the move, but when a group of eight finally broke free it was without a representative from the Australian outfit.

A day for the GC:
Once the road started to head north, the differing climbing abilities at the front of the race became clear and the group split.

Behind, a steady pace was set by Team Jumbo-Visma and it was soon clear the day was going to be owned by the general classification battle.

The pace whittled down the main group, with big casualties including Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic). 

Testing is legs on the steeper slopes of the final climb, the Grand Colombier, Yates put in a quick attack in the final eight kilometres but was reeled back by the tempo of Jumbo-Visma.

The-28-year-old settled back in the group and when the sprint opened up in the last 500metres, Yates fought on the eighth behind Pogacar, who won the stage from the yellow jersey of Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma).

Adam Yates:
“I wanted to try something just before the rest day, and as I was saying I am getting better day-by-day and I didn’t want it to come down to the last kilometre or two. 

“The previous days I’ve waited and really suffered just to hold the wheel so I went and tried to get over the steep bit and onto the flatter section to get a bit of a rest, but Jumbo-Visma weren’t happy with me trying anything so they just brought me back.

“I think all-in-all the sensations are good, we will have a good rest day and hopefully we will have some good stages in the Alps." 

Tour de France – Stage 15 Results:
1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 4:34:13
2. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma) ST
3. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +0:05
8. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:15

Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 15:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo Visma) 65:37:07
2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +0:40
3. Rigoberto Uran (EF Pro Cycling) +1:34
5. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:03 

Photo courtesy of Bettini Photo.