Tour de San Luis: 9th on stage for Adam Yates


First year professional in his first race or Orica-GreenEdge, Adam Yates was 9th on the final mountain stage won by Trek’s Julián Arredondo. Quintana still leads overall

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Trek’s Julián Arredondo Sprints to Second Uphill Win in Argentina 


Julián Arredondo sprinted to the stage six win ahead of race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Sergio Godoy (San Luis Somos Todos) to take his second victory of the seven-day tour, and also moved into fourth place in the overall. It was a perfect climb for the explosive Colombian climber as the last three kilometers of the Mirador del Sol were steep, upwards of 14 percent grade.

He played the finish to his strength and followed Quintana and Godoy up the climb waiting until the end to jump around them, crossing the line with enough time to raise his arms in a victory salute. Godoy finished second and Quintana was third and easily held onto his race lead.

“This is incredible, I’m so happy to be able to win again,” said an elated Julián Arredondo. “Nairo [Quitana] is a phenomenal rider and a reference for all of us Colombian riders. I have a lot of respect for him. We know each other quite well and he was setting a high pace in the last parts of the climb. The plan was that I would climb along with the front group and then try and win the sprint. It was another explosive finish, so something that suits me. I didn’t expect to be so good at this point [of the season] but today was another opportunity for a rider of my type and I’m happy that I could turn it into a win. This Tour is a good ride for Colombian cycling!”

“The team is doing really well here,” contined Arredondo. “The mix of young riders and experienced riders is perfect, it is working! A big ‘thank you’ to my team and especially to my room mate Haimar Zubeldia. He’s a great person with an enormous amount of experience. Haimar and Danilo [Hondo] bring a lot of calm to team and this is really important.”

The peloton faced its longest stage of the race at 184.4km, beginning in Las Chacras to the mountain finish on Mirador del Sol. An early break of seven riders made its move and gained no more than a fistful of minutes as Movistar set tempo on the front. It was groupo compacto leading into the finish climb and Julián played his tactics perfectly with his eye solely on the stage win.

“The plan was the same as Tuesday where we protected Julián all race,” explained sport director Alain Gallopin. “We did not have to do anything; we just had to relax until the climb. The climb was seven kilometers long but the three last were steep. The plan was for Julián to stay with Quintana – no attacking, no pulling – just play the stage win and stay on the wheel of Quintana and make the sprint.”

Eugenio Alafaci was a non-starter for stage six as he came down with an illness last night and Alain Gallopin decided to keep him back at the hotel. It is a big loss for the team as Alafaci was instrumental in helping Giacomo Nizzolo win stage three and he will be missed tomorrow for the final stage of the tour.

Nairo Quintana keeps leader’s jersey
The impressive intelligence and serenity of Nairo Quintana and the splendid strategy of his Movistar team-mates are 24 hours far from the first 2014 overall win for the Blues.

Nairo was happy with third on the stage saying “I’m more than satisfied with the work by my team-mates – it was spectacular and I can only thank all of them. This overall victory, so close now, is dedicated to the five. Amador and Intxausti stayed with me until I tried to go solo with 4k remaining. I wanted to contest the stage, but some moves had to be made to control the attacks. Serpa and Pozzovivo gave it a try, plus Arredondo was really strong at the end – he deserves it.”

Adam Yates continues to impress in Argentina
The ORICA-GreenEDGE neo-pro climbed his way to ninth place on the sixth stage of the Tour de San Luis. Yates crossed the finish line atop the Mirador de Sol in a group of three riders, 30” down on stage winner Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing).

The result was enough to allow Yates to jump up one spot on the overall, where he now sits in 11th place at 4’35 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Heading into the final day of racing, the neo-pro has a firm grasp on the best young riders jersey. Yates enjoyed an easy ride in the peloton on the final mountain stage, the last important day for Adam.

1 ARREDONDO MORENO Julian David Trek Factory Racing 04:16:54
2 GODOY Sergio Daniel San Luis Somos Todos 00:01
3 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 00:05
4 WEBER Cleberson Clube Dataro de Ciclismo-Bottecchia 00:09
5 SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo Lampre – Merida 00:10
6 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R La Mondiale 00:12
7 DANIELSON Thomas Garmin – Sharp 00:14
8 GAIMON Phillip Garmin – Sharp
9 YATES Adam Orica GreenEDGE 00:30
10 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne- Séché Environnement

11 RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquim Team Katusha
13 CUNEGO Damiano Lampre – Merida 00:39
17 SCARPONI Michele Astana Pro Team 00:54
18 STETINA Peter BMC Racing Team
62 SAGAN Peter Cannondale 05:00
63 NIBALI Vincenzo Astana Pro Team
88 BOONEN Tom Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 8.51
92 CAVENDISH Mark Omega Pharma – Quick-Step

1 QUINTANA ROJAS Nairo Alexander Movistar Team 00:00:00
2 GAIMON Phillip Garmin – Sharp
3 GODOY Sergio Daniel San Luis Somos Todos
4 ARREDONDO MORENO Julian David Trek Factory Racing
5 MOYANO Enzo Josue San Luis Somos Todos
6 SEPúLVEDA Eduardo Bretagne- Séché Environnement
7 STETINA Peter BMC Racing Team
8 DE MAAR Marc UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis
9 ATAPUMA HURTADO John Darwin BMC Racing Team
10 POZZOVIVO Domenico AG2R La Mondiale
11 YATES Adam Orica GreenEDGE



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