Attacking Yates second in Superga showdown

06 Oct 2021

Attacking Yates second in Superga showdown

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Adam Yates battled to second at Milano-Torino with an exciting, attacking performance on the Superga as Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) came out on top. 

Yates and Roglic contested the race victory after going clear of the other favourites on the final climb, with the INEOS Grenadiers rider's late attack in the closing metres countered by the Slovenian, who sealed the race win.

Earlier, the race had come to life with 50 kilometres remaining as crosswinds split the peloton into echelons.  The INEOS Grenadiers bounced back from missing the split, each rider working hard to catch an elite front group of 25 riders, to allow Yates and Pavel Sivakov to bridge to the leaders. 

As the gradient increased on the first ascent of the Superga, Sivakov was instrumental in bringing to heel attackers from the lead group, with Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) the most prominent, who stayed clear until the second and final Superga climb, when Yates came into his own. 

Yates attacked a dwindling front group with four kilometres to go, dropping all his rivals except Roglic, and the pair quickly amassed an unassailable lead. The decisive moment came in the closing metres as Yates' acceleration was countered by Roglic, who was able to catch and pass the Bury rider to win a thrilling Italian classic. 

Adam Yates

“I had a good ride, but in the end the strongest guy won. The last few races, the Vuelta and then Emilia I kinda waited and you know Primoz, he just goes - like 500m to go, really explosive, so it’s hard to beat him, and in the end he still had the legs to beat me. In the end, he was the strongest guy in the race.

“Early on, big thanks to the guys as we got caught out a little bit in the wind. We were in a good position, but then a few guys from other teams dropped the wheel, so we were caught out and had to do a big chase. In the end we caught back up and I tried to do my thing on the last climb, i did the best I could but in the end not good enough. We’ll try again on Saturday. 

"Lombardia is a big goal, the condition is there, I just need to pull it out of the bag. One more race on Saturday, hopefully I will be on the top step of the podium this time."