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San Sebastian WorldTour Report, Results, Photos – Yates Claims First WorldTour

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August 01, 2015 (San Sebastian, Spain) – Adam Yates (Gbr), 22, has claimed his first UCI WorldTour victory at Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian today. Just six days after completing his first Tour de France, the 2014 Tour of Turkey champion crossed the line in surprise as he confirmed he had in fact won the biggest race of his young career.

Yates at the finish not sure he's won  ©  Cor Vos

Attacking from the peloton on the final climb with just ten kilometres to go, the noise of the crowd prevented Yates from confirming his position on the road with ORICA-GreenEDGE staff as he approached the finish line.

“Incredible,” said Yates. “I won, but I didn’t know I had won. I spoke on the radio to my sport director but because of the crowds the radio was too quiet. On the final climb there was a breakaway still up the road. Then there was a lot of carnage on the climb, there was a crash with a motorbike, and so I just went full gas. At the time I didn’t know if I had reached the lead or not.”

Yates returned to the Spanish one-day race 12-months after riding himself into a winning position over the final climb only to crash and suffer concussion on the final descent to the line.

Crash...  ©  Cor Vos

The British rider also crashed at the Tour of the Basque Country not far from the area earlier in the season so was thrilled to redeem some unfinished business.

“For sure this is the biggest win of my career,” Yates continued. “And it’s my first victory this year. In 2014 I went to the Tour of Basque Country got sick and crashed, last year’s San Sebastian I crashed and this year’s Tour of Basque Country I crashed again. Normally when I come here I don’t do anything, just crash. It’s fantastic, hopefully I can come back next year and defend my title.”

Sport director Neil Stephens praised Yates’ professionalism to ensure a quick turnaround from the Tour de France. “Coming into the last 20km we had five riders still in the race,” said Stephens. “Pieter Weening said he was OK but that he would do the work. He was able to get Adam to a really good position and from there Adam just showed he is in phenomenal form.”

“The TV coverage went down so no one could see but (Philippe) Gilbert and (Alexanjro) Valverde were talking to our staff members at the podium and they said it was unbelievable. When he went there was just no response and that was it.

“As soon as the Tour de France finished last week, Adam’s preparation for the San Sebastian started. He has been really focused in training and the way he has looked after himself and he deserves the win.”

Adam Yates (Gbr) Team Orica Greenedge celebrates  ©  Cor Vos

How it unfolded:
A group of eight riders formed the initial move of the day but their advantage was kept in check by Team Movistar so never looked threatening for the win.

With 60km to go, the leaders hit the Alto de Jaizkibel climb for the second time with an advantage of just two minutes. Behind, the counter attacks began. The initial counter involved four riders, before a further group of six also took off. The majority of the moves joined together in front to make a new lead group of 16 riders.

Team Katusha joined Movistar for the chase in the peloton and with around 30km to go the race was back together. Another group of nine riders escaped prior to the final climb but shredded on the ascent whilst others were hindered by a motorbike accident.

An attack from the peloton by Adam Yates saw the ORICA-GreenEDGE rider crest the peak with a narrow lead. With the chase group playing cat and mouse behind, Yates held on for a 15second solo victory.


1. Adam Yates (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge 5:30:22
2. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing 0:15
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
4. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Esp) Team Katusha
5. Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Esp) Team Katusha
6. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
8. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx – Quick-Step
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
10. Rigoberto Ur‡n (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step
11. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
12. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
13. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
14. Simon Yates (Gbr) Orica GreenEdge
15. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
16. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky
17. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:20
18. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Esp) BMC Racing 0:24
19. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
20. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
21. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Esp) Astana Pro Team
22. Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:28
23. Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:37
24. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:42
25. Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:54
26. Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:57
27. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
28. Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
29. Andre Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
30. Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
31. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
32. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
33. Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing
34. Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr
35. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky
36. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
37. David Tanner (Aus) IAM Cycling
38. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step
39. Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge
40. Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
41. Mathias Frank (Sui) IAM Cycling
42. David Arroyo Duran (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
43. Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
44. Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
45. Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha
46. Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 2:29
47. Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
48. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
49. Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky
50. Pieter Serry (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
51. Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
52. Ruben Plaza Molina (Esp) Lampre-Merida
53. Amets Txurruka (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:03
54. Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3:37
55. Marcel Wyss (Sui) IAM Cycling 3:46
56. Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 3:53
57. Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
58. Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
59. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
60. Benoot Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.fr
61. Luis Angel Mat_ Mardones (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
62. Rein Taaram_e (Est) Astana Pro Team
63. Angel Vicioso Arcos (Esp) Team Katusha
64. Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:03
65. Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Astana Pro Team
66. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
67. Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
68. Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 4:47
69. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 4:50
70. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 5:01
71. Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling
72. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing
73. Juli‡n Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing
74. Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 5:58
75. Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 6:18
76. Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
77. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
78. Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 6:53
79. Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Esp) Movistar Team 6:54
80. Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
81. Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
82. Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
83. Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 7:10
84. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 7:37
85. Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha
86. Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing 8:12
87. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
88. Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
89. Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 9:12
90. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:12:01
91. Miguel çngel Benito Diez (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:12:08
92. Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
93. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
94. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:14:40
95. Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:15:06
96. Miguel çngel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team

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