2015 Criterium du Dauphine best young rider Simon Yates finished in 28th place on stage two of the Vuleta Ciclista al Pais Vasco today after a steep summit finish saw the peloton break apart and the battle for the overall classification begin.
Brother Adam Yates crossed the line a few seconds behind Simon in 30th place in place after the two ORICA-GreenEDGE riders competed with the leaders on the final climb of the day. The stage was won by Mikel Landa (Team-Sky), who broke away with Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the last two kilometres then won the sprint to the line.
Due to the topography of the route, the hilly, second stage had been singled out by many teams as an important day for those with general classification ambitions.
Sport director Neil Stephens acknowledged that the team now have a difficult task ahead.
“It’s a shame how the stage turned out today,” said Stephens. “We said that we wanted to go out and take it on the front foot and that’s what we tried to do but at the end of the day we were slightly off the pace in the last kilometre.”
|1||Mikel Landa Meana (SPA) - Team Sky||4:43:17|
|2||Wilco Kelderman (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:00:01|
|3||Sergio Henao (COL) - Team Sky||0:00:05|
|4||Samuel Sanchez (SPA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:09|
|5||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team||0:00:11|
|6||Thibaut Pinot (FRA) - FDJ||0:00:13|
|7||Rui Costa (POR) - Lampre - Merida||0:00:15|
|8||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:15|
|9||Robert Gesink (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo||0:00:15|
|10||Sébastien Reichenbach (SWI) - FDJ||0:00:15|
|28||Simon Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:52|
|30||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:58|
|87||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:03|
|88||Christopher Juul Jensen (DEN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:05:03|
|98||Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:42|
|102||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:42|
|110||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:07:42|
|140||Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:42|