Adam Yates receives the leader’s jersey from team mate Juan Ayuso in the queen stage of the Tour de Romandie | sports

Adam Yates seized power on the penultimate stage of the Tour de Romandie. The 30-year-old British-Emirati achieved a double in the queen’s stage, which ended with a climb of more than twenty kilometers: the victory stage and the leader’s jersey. Yates takes the lead in the general classification from teammate Juan Ayuso.

Tomorrow’s six-day world stage race ends with a mountain trek. The top of the last hurdle is about seventy kilometers from the finish, making it difficult to make changes at the top of the standings.

The first escapees were passed by the group of favorites on the final climb to Thyon 2000. From there, Yates accelerated to cover less than three miles. No one could follow the Briton down and single-handedly achieve victory. France’s Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finished second with a time of seven seconds. The Italian Damiano Caruso (Bahrain – Montaser) finished third, nineteen seconds behind Yates.

In the general classification, Yates is nineteen seconds ahead of closest striker Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) from the United States. Caruso is third, 27 seconds behind Yates.

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Ayusu, the yellow jersey wearer, had to drop out of contention on the final climb. “We did everything we could to help him, but he is still getting back in shape after a long injury,” said Yates (30), his 20-year-old fellow Spaniard. “He gave me the signal to stay ahead and then I tried and gave everything to the end.” Ayusu came in three minutes more than Yeats.

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For Yates, this is the second victory of the season, having previously won a stage at the UAE Tour. “It’s nice to win again. I’ve had some bad luck in recent games. I had a really bad crash in the Tour de Catalunya, and I’ve had to recover from that.”

Robert Gesink.
Robert Gesink. © Photo: Cor Vos

Gesink’s task

Jumbo-Visma completes the six-day world stage race without Norway’s Tobias Foss and Robert Gesink. The Dutch national team does not want to take any risks in the Tour of Italy, which begins in a week.

Voss and Gesink had some minor health issues this morning. “Both of them will not take any risks in the run-up to the Giro d’Italia and will take some time to recover,” Jumbo-Visma wrote on social media.


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