British neo-pro Adam Yates was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s top performer on a brutal stage 16 of the Vuelta a Espana today, finishing in 33rd position.
After putting a halt to the general classification ambitions of Esteban Chaves as the young debutant began to show signs of fatigue over the past couple of days, the goals for the team were conservative on today’s stage that featured no less than four category one climbs.
“Even though our main priority was just to get through once the race came together again after the first break Adam said he felt good,” sport director Neil Stephens said.
“He wanted to see how he would fair and when he got to the foot of the last climb there was only 25 riders left and he was there.
|1||Alberto Contador Velasco (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||4:53:35|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:15|
|3||Alessandro De Marchi (ITA) - Cannondale||0:00:50|
|4||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:55|
|5||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:00:59|
|6||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:01:06|
|7||Daniel Martin (IRL) - Garmin Sharp||0:01:12|
|8||Robert Gesink (NED) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||0:01:22|
|9||Samuel Sanchez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team||0:01:43|
|10||Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - Garmin Sharp||0:01:48|
|33||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:10:33|
|104||Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:30:24|
|112||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:30:24|
|113||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:30:24|
|142||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:34:44|
|151||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:34:44|
|158||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:34:44|