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Adam Yates vows to attack again in search of Vuelta a España stage win after falling short on stage 15

The Yates brothers cross the line together on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España Yuzuru Sunada

Young Brit caught with four kilometres remaining on stage 15


Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) will be on the attack again in the 2017 Vuelta a España after his bid for victory on the summit finish to Sierra Nevada failed on stage 15.

Yates attacked the group of GC favourites midway in the stage, but when joined by eventual stage winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), he could not stick with the pace.

“I did my best,” Yates said. “I can’t be disappointed with that. It’s a rest day tomorrow, so rest up and try again in two days.

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“I slowed down a little bit because I knew [Lopez] would pass me. I tried my best, maybe it was a little bit early when I attacked. I gave it a shot, it didn’t work out today, but in the future it will.”

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Yates, 25, who placed ninth overall in May’s Giro d’Italia, attacked with Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) with around 60km remaining. He went solo at 25.1km remaining and facing the 2510-metre summit finish at Sierra Nevada.

Only Lopez, who attacked later with Contador, ruined his plans. Yates held on until nearly four kilometres remaining, when the Colombian flew by for his second stage win in the 2017 Vuelta.

“There are only so many stages that suit a breakaway that’re good for me,” Yates said.

“When these other [breaks] go with 40 guys those aren’t really good for me because you have to mess about and sprint about 400 times just to get into it, but on a day like today, it’s more forced and it suits me a bit better. So we just have to wait until another day like this and try again.”

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Yates and his twin brother Simon Yates must also think about Colombian Esteban Chaves, who finished third overall in 2016 and currently sits fifth behind leader Froome with one week to race.

“If I came back I would always be there in a final but when it’s like this there’s not much more I can do to help him,” he continued.

“It’s not really about working but just trying to get results for the team. He’s in a great position at the moment and we’re going to support him all the way to the finish.”

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