Yates sprints to fourth place from another elite selection on stage 15 of Giro d’Italia

Sun 21 May 2017

Tour de France best young rider Adam Yates has sprinted to fourth place from another elite selection of riders on stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia today. 

The 24-year-old arrived at the finish line in Bergamo, also famous for the finish of Il Lombardia, in a group of 12 general classification favourites who sprinted for the victory. Bob Jungels (Quickstep) took the honours ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

“I didn’t quite have it in the sprint,” Yates explained at the finish. “I felt good in the finale but Jungels is a good 10kg heavier than me and I couldn’t match his power.

“I hit out just after 300metre to go, but perhaps I went too early. I hit the front in the final 50metres before everyone flew past me. Congratulations to Bob Jungels though, it was a good victory.”

After a furious start to the race, which averaged over 50kmph in the first two hours, ORICA-SCOTT moved quickly to the front of the bunch to control the advantage of a mid-race breakaway.

The sprint train of Caleb Ewan, Alex Edmondson and Luka Mezgec kept them within two-minutes and then fought to reduce the gap further coming into the two climbs of the day.

Then Spanish climbers, Carlos Verona and Ruben Plaza, were also sent to the front and had the gap inside 15seconds with six kilometres left to race before it came together shortly after.

“The team were great again today,” Yates acknowledged.

“We sat back and waited for the break to form and that took almost 100km. Then we committed to the stage and the boys really laid it down.

“All-in-all another good day. We will enjoy the rest day tomorrow and get set for a big final week.” 

After committing to support the team, sent to the front of the peloton to chase several times over the past couple of days, Ewan abandoned the 2017 Giro d’Italia to rest and focus on the next objectives. 

Teammate Edmondson suffered from a heavy crash after collecting bottles and will be assessed on the rest day.

How it happened:

In a fast and furious start to stage 15, the peloton averaged over 50kmph throughout the first two hours of racing. 

The breakaway was hard to make as a determined Cannondale chased a small group with a narrow margin for a long period of time. 

Eventually the race regrouped with 80km to go, a second breakaway went and proceedings settled a little. 

ORICA-SCOTT sent their sprint train to the front to keep the break in check and reduce the margin into the two climbs of the day. The Australian team continued to work and the gap was down to 35seconds heading in the final 20km.

The race was back together with four kilometres to go as the general classification riders came to the fore. 

Yates once again made the select group, sprinting to fourth behind Jungels who took the victory.

Giro d’Italia – Stage 15 Results:

1. Bob Jungels (Quickstep) 4:16:51
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) ST
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) ST
4. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) ST

Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 15:

1. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 63:48:08
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +2:41
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +3:21
11. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +7:43