22-year-old Simon Yates has put in a smart and brave ride, well beyond his years, to finish 11th on the queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné to Mont Blanc today.
Yates battled back into contention after losing touch on a number of occasions throughout the brutal stage, including on the third and fourth of five category one climbs.
Eventually, he was dropped amongst other general classification contenders on the final climb as the remaining race exploded into pieces courtesy of the work of Team Sky.
On a day that saw a shake up of the overall standings, Yates dropped just one position to sit fifth and retain the white best young rider jersey going into the final day tomorrow.
“Simon knew that when there are so many climbs still to come and you are already feeling on the limit, that it is not worth going over it because you cannot keep going and lose a lot of time,” sport director Laurenzo Lapage said.
|1||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||4:24:17|
|2||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:17|
|3||Louis Meintjes (RSA) - MTN - Qhubeka||0:00:41|
|4||Benat Intxausti (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:00:41|
|5||Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:00:54|
|6||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:01:08|
|7||Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:01:15|
|8||Andrew Talansky (USA) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:01:25|
|9||Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre-Merida||0:01:34|
|10||Daniel Navarro (SPA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:01:45|
|11||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:01:47|
|51||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:23|
|59||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:00|
|60||Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:18:03|
|76||Ivan Santaromita (ITA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:22:52|
|95||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:25:54|
|96||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:25:54|
|97||Jens Keukeleire (BEL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:25:54|