Tirreno-Adriatico - Adam Yates on GC lead: I'm not sure how long I'll hold onto it
Mar 15 2019 02:37 am CET

Tirreno-Adriatico - Adam Yates on GC lead: I'm not sure how long I'll hold onto it
Tirreno-Adriatico - Adam Yates on GC lead: I'm not sure how long I'll hold onto it
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has crossed the finish line in the same group with stage winner Julian Alaphilippe and took the lead of the overall classification in Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Briton was the best-positioned rider of Mitchelton-Scott, team that won the TTT on the first day of the race, and this gave him the GC lead in the second day. A reduced group arrived compacted to the last kilometre and Julian Alaphilippe attacked on the last metres, taking the stage victory.

"This kind of finish doesn't suit me down to the ground, it's more for the punchier guys like Alaphilippe and Van Avermaet, so I'm happy with my position and we'll just take it day by day and see what tomorrow brings," Yates commented. "It's good, I'm not sure how long I'll hold onto it [race lead], but we'll try our best and see how it goes."

The second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico had a wavy course and an uphill finish, which suited the more explosive kind of riders and was more challenging for climbers like the Briton. "After yesterday's big ride in the TTT, it was another hard stage today, a different kind of stage but I'm happy with my position, happy with my condition," he explained.

"Tomorrow's a sprint stage then we have a few punchy, tricky stages and like I said yesterday, there's no real hard, long mountain stage, a lot of hard short stages, so we'll see how the legs are and take it from there."




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