Yates third on stage five Criterium du Dauphine after Verona spends the day in the breakFri 8 Jun 2018
Adam Yates fought to third place on today's stage five summit finish in Criterium du Dauphine to move up one place on the general classification to sixth place with two stages remaining.
Spaniard Carlos Verona animated the day for Mitchelton-SCOTT after spending the majority of the stage in the breakaway before the team worked to bring the race back together to set up Yates on the tough final, which was eventually won by Dan Martin (UAE).
The fifth stage kicked off with a second category climb from the start and Verona jumped into the first and main move of the day.
Verona, alongside eight other riders established the breakaway of the day and rode out to over a four minute advantage.
Another summit finish
As the race headed to the mountains, today's stage was another tough summit finish. The breakaway remained ahead until the final 10kilometres then the battle was on between the climbers.
With Verona present the pressure was off Yates and Mitchelton-SCOTT and once most of the breakaway riders were brought back, Mitchelton-SCOTT set a fast tempo at the head of the peloton to reel in the remaining riders and set up Yates for an attack.
Yates wasn't given any freedom and then Martin counter attacked and nobody from the select front group reacted.
Martin was able to maintain his slight advantage all the way to the line to take the victory with Yates fighting on behind to take third place on the stage.
South African champion Daryl Impey also holds onto the green points jersey for another day.
"Once again today the plan was to get into the breakaway if it was a big group. The start was super hard and we knew that it wouldn’t be easy to get in the move, but we had different riders present in all the moves, and I could be in the right one just over the top of the first categorised climb of the day together eight riders more.
"Cataldo who was just two minutes down on the GC was there, so the team leader kept us quite close in the first kilometres of the race, until Cataldo was dropped and came back to the bunch.
"At that moment I thought that after my many tries during this year, that could be the good one to make it until the finish, but I wasn’t.
"Bora-Hansgrohe took the control of the bunch, and despite working very well together in the breakaway were caught in the first kms of the last climb.
"The good news of the day was that Adam could finish third on the stage and he got very good support from the team so this give us a lot of moral and confidence to hit the last two days of the race."
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 results:
1. Daniel Martin (UAE) 3:21
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +0:04
3. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:15
General classification after stage 5:
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 17:16
2. Caruso (BMC) +1:09
3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +1:09
6. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:18
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