Tour de France - Adam Yates: For now we'll just play it day-by-day and see what happens
Sep 04 2020 04:06 am CET

Tour de France - Adam Yates: For now we'll just play it day-by-day and see what happens
Tour de France - Adam Yates: For now we'll just play it day-by-day and see what happens
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has finished the sixth stage of the Tour de France on top of the General Classification for the second day in a row.

The Briton -who got the Yellow Jersey by surprise at the end of the fifth stage after Julian Alaphilippe received a penalty for feeding in the last 20 kilometres- arrived to the finish line with the group of favourites and kept his lead in the General Classification. Mitchelton-Scott helped to control the pace of the pack to extend the stay of the rider on top of the GC standings.

"It was nice [the first day in yellow], I think we controlled quite well, it was a strong breakaway and there were a lot of guys that really wanted to go in there today," said Yates. "It was pretty much flat all the way into the climbs, so it was quite hard to control, but I think we did a good job and in the end I still had Mikel (Nieve) and Esteban (Chaves) in the final, so all in all, a good day. I think just the way the break already had the gap and all the bonuses were already taken, there wasn't really much to gain from anybody attacking. Also, the final climb wasn't super steep, so it takes a lot of effort to get a few seconds, so everyone just kept their energy and saved it for a later day.

"Like I said yesterday, it was a strange situation, but I think we rode well today and hopefully we did the jersey proud. I still want to win a stage, that's what we came here to do, but it's pretty hard to throw away time when you're in the lead, so I think for now we'll just play it day-by-day and see what happens. Tomorrow's a sprint stage, and then we've got two really hard stages. These two stages I actually know quite a lot of the climbs, so it's going to be really tough, but like I said before, we've got a super strong team here, not just for the flats but for the climbing stages, so I'm looking forward to it."




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