Yates survives cobble stage to move into the top ten at the Tour de FranceSun 15 Jul 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT leader Adam Yates will enter the first rest day of the Tour de France in the top-ten overall having finished in the main general classification group on a dangerous stage nine today.
Yates was perfectly guided by his specialist teammates to finish in the bunch 27seconds down on winner John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) on the much-anticipated stage that featured 15 sectors and over 20km of cobbles.
The 25-year-old now sits in ninth overall, one-minute 42seconds behind the yellow jersey of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team).
The anticipation of the cobbles to come was enough to cause a significant crash in the opening kilometres, well before the first sector was in sight.
The worst effected was BMC Racing Team and Australian general classification favourite Richie Porte, who was forced to abandon the race with a collarbone injury.
It was the first of many crashes to come, but thankfully none had quite the same repercussions.
A bit of luck and the best kind of guidance:
From start to finish Yates was never without a teammate close by and despite crashes and mechanicals around them, they managed to stay out of trouble and close down any small gaps that appeared as a result. The Briton finished with Paris-Roubaix champion Mathew Hayman by his side, and South African champion Daryl Impey just a few seconds behind.
The stage winning move went on the Camphin-en-Pévèle sector with 17km left to race. Degenkolb was joined by Van Avermaet and Yves Lampaert (Quickstep) with the trio working well together until the sprint in the final kilometre. Depsite leading out from the front Degenkolb was too strong whilst the Yates group finished all together shortly after.
Adam Yates, 9th overall:
“It was about what we expected really. It was a big group of GC guys there at the end.
“The guys looked after me really well. There was a couple of sections there where guys had mechanicals or punctures and we were caught behind but they worked to bring me back. It was a great performance by the guys, we didn’t lose any time so it was a good day.
“I’m pretty excited (for what is to come). We’ve have nine days of flat, so I’m excited to finally climb some mountains but firstly it’s the rest day tomorrow and we will enjoy that.”
Tour de France – Stage 9 Results
1. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) 3:24:26
2. Greg Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) ST
3. Yves Lampaert (Quickstep Floors) ST
27. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:27
Tour de France – General Classification after Stage 9:
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) 36:07:17
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:43
3. Philippe Gilbert (Quickstep Floors) +0:44
9. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:42
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