The Volta a Catalunya came to a close in Barcelona on Sunday. Adam Yates was the top placed rider for ORICA-GreenEDGE in 22nd place, 3’32 behind race winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha). In his first WorldTour race, Yates was thrice the team’s best placed finisher in the hills, cracking the top ten on stage five.
Yates’ accomplishments were well-supported by the Australian outfit who choose to focus on rider development following Simon Clarke’s early departure from the Catalan Tour. Yates was one of the team’s three neo-pros amongst eight starters. Damien Howson and Esteban Chaves, like Yates, enjoyed repeated opportunities during their week of WorldTour racing.
"We achieved four top ten finishes with three different riders! It’s all about the process as discussed throughout the week. We controlled what we could, and we were rewarded with consistently promising results." - Sport Director Dave McPartland