Yates retains white jersey and moves to eighth overall after stage 19 of the Giro d'ItaliaFri 26 May 2017
Tour de France best young rider Adam Yates has finished 15th on stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia to retain the white jersey and move up into eighth position overall with two days remaining.
After a dramatic day, Yates finished alongside Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Bob Jungels (Quickstep), eight-minutes 21seconds adrift of Mikel Landa (Team Sky) who took the stage.
Behind Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) lost his overall lead and Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto- Jumbo) dropped off the pace to see Yates overtake him on the general classification standings.
“It was another solid day,” Yates said. “I felt alright again on the climbs.”
“Unfortunately Bob is also looking strong and I didn’t manage to take any time off him today. There’s no doubt he will be stronger on the last day, he is a time trial specialist, so we need to try to take time off him tomorrow.”
Earlier in the day, a dangerous split caused some concern as Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) took best young rider threat Jungels with them.
ORICA-SCOTT immediately sent riders to the front and with the help of Trek-Segafredo, Lotto-Jumbo, Cannondale-Drapac and Team Sunweb, who also had their leaders missing from the split, the threat was moderated.
“It wasn’t that we were too badly positioned,” Yates explained. “All of the teams were just riding in their lines and someone lost the wheel.”
“As soon as they found out in the front who was dropped, they put the pace on and instantly had 30seconds.
“But I wasn’t the only one who missed it. I had my team around me and we had the help of other teams so it came back together.”
How it happened:
Stage 19 set the scene for exciting racing as the battle for the overall victory begins to run out of opportunities.
An initial break of 14 riders was caught when the GC peloton split, seeing many of the favourites miss out and the intensity pick up.
With 91km to go ORICA-SCOTT, with the help of other teams, were able to close down the split and settle the scorecard amongst the overall contenders.
The regrouping saw another attack of six riders, followed by another group who bridged across to make a secondly large breakaway for the day. Once again, Ruben Plaza was amongst them for ORICA-SCOTT.
After two second-places Landa made it third time lucky for the stage victory, but all eyes were on the GC battle behind.
The pink jersey of Dumoulin lost touch, as more attacks in attempt to make the podium were made. In the end, Quintana walked away with the overall lead finishing alongside Yates and Jungels.