Yates moves up to fourth in Basque Country

07 Apr 2021

Yates moves up to fourth in Basque Country

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Itzulia Basque Country - Stage 3 » Amurrio › Ermualde (Laudio), 167.7km

Adam Yates moved up to fourth place overall following a thrilling finale to stage three in the Basque Country.

The Grenadier crossed the line in fourth atop the steep and narrow Ermualde climb, just five seconds back on stage winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

Yates had followed as a select group went clear on the steep slopes, and was able to move up a place to fourth overall in the process, 39 seconds off the lead.

Richard Carapaz rebounded well from his crash on Tuesday, slipping into a breakaway group early on the climb, before accelerating on solo into the final kilometres. Despite opening up a gap, the Ecuadorian was hauled back as Pogacar and compatriot Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) pushed on.

The Grenadiers worked well during the day, hitting the front when required to set the tempo and create a strong run into the finale.

Stage three result:

1. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) 4:04:50
2. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +5"
4. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) s.t.
5. Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious)

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) 8:07:48
2. Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) +20"
3. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +30"
4. Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) +39"
5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +50"