After two early attempts amongst a hectic start to make the breakaway, ORICA-GreenEDGE settled with a quiet day on the road on stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana.
Meanwhile, two category two climbs in the final 30km created a battle field for the general classification contenders, Astana’s Fabio Aru taking the stage victory ahead of Chris Froome (SKY).
“The first hour and a half was really really fast, there were attacks going left, right and centre,” sport director Neil Stephens said.
“We had three guys that were suited to today’s final which was Simon Clarke, Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves so those three were going hell for leather to make the break at the start.
|1||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||3:47:17|
|2||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:01|
|3||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:13|
|4||Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (SPA) - Team Katusha||ST|
|5||Alberto Contador Velasco (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|6||Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:17|
|7||Daniel Navarro Garcia (SPA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:00:33|
|8||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:00:48|
|9||Damiano Caruso (ITA) - Cannondale||ST|
|10||Warren Barguil (FRA) - Team Giant-Shimano||ST|
|91||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:49|
|94||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:49|
|121||Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:49|
|128||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:49|
|161||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:20:49|
|163||Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:02|