Yates second in UAE as young team impress in Belgium

27 Feb 2021

Yates second in UAE as young team impress in Belgium

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Adam Yates secured second overall despite a hard crash on the final day of the UAE Tour, while a young team impressed with their showing at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Yates' run to a comfortable second place was made more difficult by a late multi-rider crash which also included Brandon Rivera and Daniel Martinez.

All three Grenadiers were able to remount, with Yates going on to finish on the overall podium despite a hard landing. With some cuts and bruises to his face, the Brit was taken to hospital following the race for precautionary checks.

Rivera suffered abrasions, while Martinez opted to climb off late on after suffering some knee pain. All three riders will continue to be assessed by the team.

The result represents a strong start to Yates' Grenadiers career, finishing 35 seconds back on Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates).

An exciting edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad saw a young Grenadiers team battle it out, with impressive numbers to the fore in the finale.

Tom Pidcock showed superb power to bridge across the gap to a promising breakaway group following the Molenberg. The group of 14, including world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), were brought back at the foot of the famed Muur van Geraardsbergen.

With just 16km to go the team still had five riders in the mix - with Gianni Moscon leading the race over the climb and pushing on solo. Pidcock, Jhonatan Narvaez, Owain Doull and Ethan Hayter were also present in the group.

Heading into the finish Hayter sadly hit the deck with 1.5km to go, denying him the chance to contest the bunch sprint, which was won by Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). Doull was the team's top finisher in 22nd.