Simon Yates claims Tirreno-Adriatico overall win: I'm happy I could pull it off
Sep 15 2020 03:43 am CET

Simon Yates claims Tirreno-Adriatico overall win: I'm happy I could pull it off
Simon Yates claims Tirreno-Adriatico overall win: I'm happy I could pull it off
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates has taken the final victory of Tirreno-Adriatico following the last stage, an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

The closing day of the Italian race was ten kilometres long over a flat terrain in which Ineos-Grenadiers' Filippo Ganna set the best time by completing the course in ten minutes and 42 seconds. Victor Campenaerts (NTT Pro Cycling) finished 18 seconds behind the Italian, and Ganna's teammate Rohan Dennis was 26 seconds slower.

At the start of the stage Yates had an advantage of 16 seconds over Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe) and of 39 seconds over Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) in the General Classification. In the end, the Briton completed the course in 11 minutes and 32 seconds, 22 seconds slower than Thomas, who did an outstanding time that put him on the second overall position, while Majka dropped to the third position of the podium.

"I am really happy, it's my only stage race win outside the Vuelta and I'm just happy I could finish off the job of the team who did a fantastic job all week and today it was up to me," said Yates. "I had time gap updates, but I was still going full gas. You never know until the last moment, so I just tried to go to the maximum possible and I'm happy I could pull it off.

"I was really happy with the stage win, but to take the overall is really fantastic. I lost Tour de Romandie in a final time trial, so I really didn't want to do the same again today so it was just full gas."




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