2014 Tour of Alberta mountain classification champion Simon Yates has finished fifth overall and as the best young rider at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco after a spirited ride in the closing time trial today.
The performance caps off a successful week of racing in Spain for ORICA-GreenEDGE, who also walk away with a stage win and two days in the yellow leader’s jersey courtesy of Michael Matthews’ victory on stage one.
Yates started the final stage in third overall, seven seconds off the pace of Sergio Henao (Team Sky) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha).
Giving himself every chance, Yates was ninth fastest at the intermediate time check making him the virtual leader of the race. At the end of the tough 18.3km course, the 22-year-old finished 12th on the stage, good enough to remain in the top five overall.
Rodriguez posted the second fastest time of the day, behind stage winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin), to win the Tour.
“He was really impressive,” sport director Neil Stephens said of Yates’ final ride.
|1||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:28:46|
|2||Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:00:04|
|3||Ion Izagirre (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:05|
|4||Sergio Luis Henao (COL) - Team Sky||0:00:17|
|5||Benat Intxausti (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:21|
|6||Fabio Felline (ITA) - Trek Factory Racing||0:00:23|
|7||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:30|
|8||Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre-Merida||0:00:34|
|9||Rein Taaramae (EST) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:36|
|10||Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||0:00:37|
|12||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:43|
|29||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:26|
|33||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:46|
|55||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:02:35|
|83||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:03:49|