Yates moves up as Grenadiers enliven stage 20

04 Sep 2021

Yates moves up as Grenadiers enliven stage 20

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Vuelta a Espana - Stage 20 » Sanxenxo › Mos. Castro de Herville, 202.2km

Adam Yates moved up to fourth place overall at the Vuelta a Espana as the Grenadiers put in a battling performance on stage 20.
 
The Brit put in a number of accelerations in the closing kilometres in a bid to take a stage win, eventually finishing third and moving up the general classification after a memorable final day in the mountains.
 
The Grenadiers had pushed hard to pull back the breakaway’s hefty advantage of 12 minutes to bring a stage win back into play. With 60km to go on the Alto de Mougas, Yates and then Bernal took it in turns to attack, helping to rip apart the race.
 
A split formed between groups, with Yates up ahead alongside race leader Primoz Roglic, while Bernal found himself in the group behind. A lack of momentum saw the gap begin to open. The result saw Yates move up into fourth overall, while Bernal remained in sixth. Despite holding station overall, the Colombian was forced to relinquish the white young rider jersey to Gino Mader.
 
The team really took it on earlier in the stage, with Salvatore Puccio, Tom Pidcock and Pavel Sivakov setting a searing tempo. The action concludes on Sunday with a final 33.8k time trial to decide the race.
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Reaction

- Adam Yates

"I’m quite far down on GC and that was a stage I really wanted to try and win. I kept getting chased. I tried my best but it just wasn’t enough. If you’re trying to win a stage you need to drop everyone, especially when there are still some fast guys there in the group. I tried a few times. That’s all you can do – I tried my best."

- Egan Bernal

"It was a really hard day actually. We knew the second part of the stage would be really hard so we tried to do our best. We tried to make a big explosion in the race, so we could play our cards with Adam. I think we did that, the team did an amazing job. Adam went to the front with a small group. I was behind but I think for us it’s okay. I’m feeling good because I think I did my best."
Overall standings

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 83:11:27
2. Enric Mas (Movistar Team) +2'38''
3. Jack Haig (Bahrain Victorious) +4'48''
4. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +5'48"
5. Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious) +8'14"
6. Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +11'38''