Adam Yates produced a strong performance for ORICA-BikeExchange on stage 12 of the Tour de France today, retaining the lead of the best young rider category and second overall after chaotic scenes engulfed the finale.
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) won the stage from the breakaway as total chaos ensued amongst the favourites group some five minutes behind.
Richie Porte (BMC) crashed into an obstructed race motorcycle on a crowded section of road and took Yellow Jersey Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) down with him. The congested number of fans appeared to be the cause of the roadblock.
At this point Yates was a few seconds further back and passed the incident unscathed to finish in 11th place.
After careful consideration by the race officials the general classification was neutralized before the Porte incident. Therefore Froome remains in the race lead and Yellow with Yates in white, 47seconds down in second place ahead of tomorrow’s individual time trial.
Yates agreed with the decision by the race officials saying, “I wouldn’t really want to take the Yellow Jersey like that so I’m happy with the decision.”
|1||Thomas De Gendt (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||4:31:51|
|2||Serge Pauwels (BEL) - Dimension Data||0:00:02|
|3||Daniel Navarro (SPA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits||0:00:14|
|4||Stef Clement (NED) - IAM Cycling||0:00:40|
|5||Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) - Direct Energie||0:00:40|
|6||Bertjan Lindeman (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:02:52|
|7||Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI) - Dimension Data||0:03:13|
|8||Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:03:26|
|9||Chris Anker Sörensen (DEN) - Fortuneo - Vital Concept||0:04:23|
|10||Bauke Mollema (NED) - Trek-Segafredo||0:05:05|
|11||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:05:24|
|57||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:18:32|
|58||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:18:32|
|96||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:23:37|
|117||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:25:25|
|135||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:25:25|
|158||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:28:24|
|166||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:28:24|
|177||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:28:24|