Britain’s Adam Yates takes the lead in the Volta a Catalunya after powering away from his rivals to win stage three in the Pyrenees
- Adam Yates rallied up final 5km to finish 13 seconds ahead of Esteban Chaves
- He finished 31 seconds ahead of team-mate Geraint Thomas, who came fourth
- Yates leads by 45 seconds from Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Richie Porte
Britain’s Adam Yates claimed victory over the final climb of stage three of the Volta a Catalunya to take the lead in the general classification standings.
Heading into the last five kilometres, Ineos Grenadiers rider Yates was part of a three-man breakaway along with Jumbo-Visma’s Sepp Kuss and Alejandro Valverde of Movistar.
American Kuss and Yates then pulled clear, with the British rider attacking again for a solo run up the final climb.
Adam Yates has taken the lead of the Volta a Catalunya after a key victory on stage three
Yates finished 13 seconds ahead of Colombian Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange), who made a late surge to finish second, while Geraint Thomas was fourth behind Valverde.
It was Yates’ first victory since joining the Ineos Grenadiers, and his second at the same summit finish following on from the 2019 race when he went on to be runner-up.
‘It feels really good,’ he said.
‘We had to get the break under control, they gained a lot of time, we had to get the gap down before the bottom of the climb, but it’s a long climb, a really hard climb.
Yates powered up the final 5km to finish 13 seconds ahead of Colombian Esteban Chaves
‘We knew even if they had a couple of minutes at the bottom we could bring it back and everything was perfect in the end.
‘It’s my first victory for my new team and I’m really happy.’
In the general classification standings, Yates holds a 45-second advantage over team-mate Richie Porte heading into another mountain stage on Thursday, which finishes at Porte Aine.
Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) dropped to third place, with Thomas now fourth, 53 seconds off his Ineos team-mate.