Adam Yates produced another strong performance for ORICA-BikeExchange on stage 18 of the Tour de France today, finishing 16th in the individual time trial to retain third on general classification and the lead of the best young rider category.
With three more days to go and two difficult mountain stages ahead, 23-year-old Yates stayed focused on the challenging 17kilometre time trial course to maintain his excellent position.
Race leader Christopher Froome (Team-Sky) won the stage and extended his lead in the overall, Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) posted a slower time than Yates but holds on to second place by 24seconds.
“I was feeling pretty strong at the first time check,” said Yates. “But when I hit the main road I struggled a little for power and maybe I went a little bit too hard in the beginning.”
|1||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:30:43|
|2||Tom Dumoulin (NED) - Team Giant-Alpecin||0:00:21|
|3||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:33|
|4||Richie Porte (AUS) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:33|
|5||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:42|
|6||Thomas De Gendt (BEL) - Lotto Soudal||0:01:02|
|7||Jon Izaguirre (SPA) - Movistar Team||0:01:03|
|8||Joaquim Rodriguez (SPA) - Team Katusha||0:01:05|
|9||Louis Meintjes (RSA) - Lampre - Merida||0:01:08|
|10||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:01:10|
|16||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:01:23|
|37||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:02:29|
|65||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:21|
|66||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:21|
|73||Ruben Plaza (Spa) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:29|
|85||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:39|
|91||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:03:46|
|137||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-BikeExchange||0:04:58|