Adam Yates stuck in yellow as cautious GC group continues to ‘keep the powder dry’


Who can forget Yates’ twin brother Simon, who attacks here, there and everywhere on the Giro d’Italia in 2018? He arrived within three days of arriving in Rome before his legs fell off. It was fun. Some of the GC contenders might regret not making it here when they finish eighth or ninth in Paris.Yates insisted once again that he wasn’t interested in finishing high on GC himself. “Even though I’m in the yellow jersey, I want to win a stage,” he said. “We came here to win stages. So far, this has not happened. But as I said before, today was not the day. It was about saving energy. Once in the high mountains I can try something.

Some think Yates protests too much; that he’s bluffing. That if he stays in yellow across the Pyrenees this weekend, he will have no choice but to focus on GC, especially if he sees that the other GC contenders aren’t as strong as everything everyone thought so.

Tom Dumoulin [Jumbo] had a rough day on Tuesday, as new doubts emerged over Egan Bernal’s back, Trek’s Bauke Mollema reportedly said on Dutch TV that the Colombian was urging teammate Ineos Michal Kwiatkowski to slow down in Thursday’s final.

One thing is clear: Yates should at least hang on to yellow on Friday. The seventh stage from Millau to Lavaur – where Mark Cavendish won a stage in 2011 – is almost guaranteed to end in a sprint. Not that Yates is too excited. “I think dreaming is the wrong word,” he said when asked to describe the emotions of his first day in yellow.

“But growing up, everyone wants to wear yellow at the Tour de France. Yeah, it was a great experience. Hope we can keep it for at least a few days. “


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