Adam Yates of Mitchelton-Scott was the only one who could try to break the grip of the Jumbo-Visma team of race leader Primoz Roglic during the last ascent of the Grand Colombier on the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday . The British climber’s move with seven kilometers to go only lasted about a kilometer before being laid off once again by the Dutch team, but Yates finished the stage strongly in eighth place, and moved to fifth place overall as the Tour begins its final week.Yates had held the yellow jersey for stage 5 of this year’s race after Julian Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-QuickStep lost his lead following a time penalty for taking a bottle of drink in the last 20 kilometers of stage, and Yates kept the lead until stage 9, when he was taken over by Roglic, who has held him since.However, Yates remained in contention for the overall standings, despite his pre-race claim that his goal in the Tour this year was to try and secure stage wins.”I wanted to try something just before the day off [on Monday], and how I’m getting better and better day by day, and I didn’t want it to go down the last mile or two, ”Yates said on his team’s website after his attack on Stage 15 on Sunday.
“The days before I waited and really suffered just to hold the wheel,” explained the 28-year-old, “so I went and tried to get over the steep slope and on the la section. flatter to get some rest, but Jumbo-Visma wasn’t happy that I was trying anything so they just brought me back. ”
The stage saw reigning Tour champion Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Nairo Quintana from Arkéa-Samsic break away from the overall standings on the Grand Colombier, and Yates dropped from seventh to fifth, now at 2 : 03 of Roglic’s lead, but only 18 seconds behind Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) in fourth place, while Trek-Segafredo’s Richie Porte is only 10 seconds behind Yates in sixth place.
“I think overall the feelings are good,” he said. “We will have a good day off and I hope we have good stages in the Alps. ”
Yates – whose twin brother Simon is currently leading the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, with one stage remaining – will leave Mitchelton-Scott for Ineos Grenadiers from 2021, joining the likes of Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Richard Carapaz at the British The WorldTour team.
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