Tour of Turkey – Adam Yates Second


Mixed day for the Yates brothers as Simon breaks collarbone and Adam is second on stage in the mountains on stage 3 of the Tour of Turkey

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Tour of Turkey – Adam Yates Second

Adam Yates scored his biggest result to date as a first year professional with ORICA-GreenEDGE when he finished an impressive second on the queen stage at the Tour of Turkey, just 6” down on stage winner and new race leader Rein Tarramae (Cofidis). Yates now sits in second overall at 6” with Romain Hardy (Cofidis) in third at 38”.

“Our plan for the day was to save Simon [Yates] and Adam for the climb,” said Assistant Sport Director Julian Dean. “We wanted to see what they were capable of at the finish.” Unfortunately, Simon Yates hit the pavement well before the final ascent of the day and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone. Post-race it was confirmed. Simon Yates will be out of action for the time being with a broken left clavicle.

“We believed that Simon and Adam were equally capable on the summit finish today,” said Dean. “With Simon out of the race, Adam became the sole focus. It became less about what we were capable of doing and more about what we weren’t able to do with the two of them at the finish.”

After flat finishes on the two opening stages, stage three was the day for the general contenders to make their move. The peloton first encountered the category 1 Kuruovabeli climb followed by a short descent. The stage finished up the famous 11.5 kilometre Elmali climb, otherwise known as Turkey’s Alpe d’Huez.

Adam Yates was the only rider able to respond when Taaramae attacked from a whittled down field with three kilometres to go on steepest part of the climb. The leading duo worked well together to distance themselves from what remained of a small group of climbing dignitaries. With no one in the chase group willing to set tempo, the pair slowly increased their lead as the kilometres ticked down. The leaders stayed together until 200 metres to go when Taaramae was able to outkick Yates to the finish line.

Although the queen stage created quite a shake-up in the overall standings, the final GC won’t be solidified until stage six when the riders face a summit finish in Selcuk. With no reason to hold back leading into the final two flat stages, any riders with overall ambitions will go full gas here.

As it stands, ORICA-GreenEDGE is happy with their young rider well-positioned on the overall. With each passing day, the Australian outfit will decide whether it continues to protect Adam Yates’ overall position or if the plan will be to ride for stages.

“Adam is a young guy,” stated Dean. “He obviously had a good day today. We will wait to see how he feels tomorrow and how consistently he can ride big stages. From here, we will go day by day. It’ll be great for us if he can hang on to his position and even better if he can go on to win.”

Tour of Turkey – Adam Yates Second
1 TAARAMäE Rein Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 05:40:31
2 YATES Adam Orica GreenEDGE 00:06
3 HARDY Romain Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 00:38
4 KUDUS Merhawi MTN – Qhubeka
5 REBELLIN Davide CCC Polsat Polkowice
6 SANCHEZ Luis Leon Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
7 HANSEN Adam Lotto Belisol 00:43
8 DURASEK Kristijan Lampre-Merida 00:44
9 COBO ACEBO Juan Jose Torku Åžekerspor
10 BARBIN Enrico Bardiani – CSF
11 FORMOLO Davide Cannondale
12 DYACHENKO Alexandr Astana Pro Team
13 SEELDRAEYERS Kevin Wanty – Groupe Gobert
14 MARCZYNSKI Tomasz CCC Polsat Polkowice 01:01
15 DE LA FUENTE RASILLA David Torku Åžekerspor 01:34
16 BILBAO Pello Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
17 MEJIAS LEAL Javier Team Novo Nordisk 01:46
18 RYBAKOV Alexander Team Katusha
19 BAGOT Yoann Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 02:14
20 FERRARI Fabricio Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 02:26

45 SULZBERGER Wesley Drapac Professional Cycling 08:55
46 NORRIS Lachlan Drapac Professional Cycling
65 GREIPEL André Lotto Belisol 14.23
86 PETACCHI Alessandro Omega Pharma – Quick-Step 24.1
87 KEISSE Iljo Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
95 VIVIANI Elia Cannondale
101 RENSHAW Mark Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
106 SULZBERGER Bernard Drapac Professional Cycling
113 CAVENDISH Mark Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
145 BOS Theo Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 28:36


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