Adam Yates secures first WorldTour overall victory at the UAE TourMon 2 Mar 2020
Adam Yates secured his first overall win at a WorldTour stage race with victory at the shortened UAE Tour last week.
The Organising Committee of the UAE Tour took the decision to cancel the final two days of racing due to the threat of COVID-19. Mitchelton-SCOTT riders and staff have all arrived home in the last 24hours after a period of quarantine.
The Brit laid the foundations for his victory with a stunning performance on stage three that saw him ride away from his rivals on the Jebel Hafeet climb to take the stage by over one minute.
Yates was once again to the fore on stage five as the race returned to the same climb with the 27-year-old putting in a flurry of attacks before going on to take third in a tight battle for the stage win.
That third place was enough to consolidate the overall race lead, with Yates boasting a buffer of 1’01” heading into the final two flat stages. The cancellation following stage five meant that Yates was awarded the general classification and as a result secured his first WorldTour overall victory of his career.
"It’s not the way I imagined winning my first WorldTour stage race, but I’ve had so many near misses and second places over the last few years so it feels pretty good to finally get myself one!”
“This was the start of an intense block of racing for me and to start the season off with a big win like this is amazing for the confidence going forward.”
“The guys looked after me all week to perfection once again and I wouldn’t be on the top step of the podium without out them.”
Dave McPartland (Sports Director):
“It was a great week in UAE, the boys did a fantastic job, all of them. Adam showed that he’s starting the season at a very high level already, his ride was super impressive on stage three. He’s in a good place at the moment and is looking forward to hopefully his best season.”
“In general, the team were really good, and we saw with Luka (Mezgec) and Kaden (Groves) that we were pretty busy all week with the fast guys we had to protect Adam but we also used them in the sprints.”
“Kaden showed how versatile he is already, leading Luka out on the first couple of stages and then when he got the chance himself, he finished sixth. So that’s super promising signs there for the future with Kaden.”
“Obviously, the race didn’t finish how we were hoping, which was a shock to all of us, but from a sporting perspective we can walk away from the race with our heads held high.”
2020 UAE Tour General Classificationn:
1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 20:36:04
2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE-Team Emirates) +1:01
3. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) +1:33
Photo courtesy of the UAE Tour.