Briton Adam Yates takes the lead in the Volta a Catalunya after coming away from his rivals to win the third stage in the Pyrenees.
- Adam Yates rallied for the last 5 km and finished 13 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves
- He finished 31 seconds ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas, who finished fourth
- Yates leads with 45 seconds behind Ineos Grenadiers teammate Richie Porte
Briton Adam Yates claimed victory on the final climb of the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya to take the lead in the general classification.
On the way to the last five kilometers, Ineos Grenadiers rider Yates was part of a three-man breakaway, together with Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss and Alejandro Valverde from Movistar.
The American Kuss and Yates then drove away, with the British rider attacking again for a solo run-up on the final climb.
Adam Yates has taken the lead in the Volta a Catalunya after an important victory in the third stage
Yates finished 13 seconds ahead of Colombian Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange), who made a late rise to finish second, while Geraint Thomas finished fourth behind Valverde.
It was Yates’ first win since joining the Ineos Grenadiers, and his second on the same top finish after the 2019 race when he came second.
“It feels really good,” he said.
‘We had to get the break under control, they gained a lot of time, we had to narrow the gap for the bottom of the climb, but it’s a long climb, a really tough climb.
Yates accelerated the last 5 km and finished 13 seconds ahead of Colombian Esteban Chaves
‘We knew that even if they had a few minutes at the bottom, we could get it back and in the end everything was perfect.
“It is my first win for my new team and I am very happy.”
In the general classification, Yates has a 45-second lead over teammate Richie Porte on his way to a new mountain stage on Thursday, ending in Porte Aine.
Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) dropped to third place, with Thomas now fourth, 53 seconds behind his Ineos teammate.