Adam Yates places second behind Bauke Mollema in Tour of Alberta

British rider continues strong 2015 season with runner-up spot in Canada’s Tour of Alberto

Adam Yates Places Second Behind Bauke Mollema In Tour Of Alberta

Adam Yates attacks in the 2015 Clasica San Sebastian

Adam Yates1 (Orica-GreenEdge) has continued his impressive run of form with second place in the Tour of Alberta in Canada on Monday behind Dutchman Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing). British rider Yates went into the race as Orica s general classification contender, and his campaign started well with a second place for Orica in the opening team time trial behind Mollema s Trek Factory Racing. Mollema took the race lead after the opener, but Orica s Michael Matthews wore it for a day after winning stage two before Mollema regained it on stage three.

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The general classification shaped up into a three-way scrap between Mollema, Yates and Tom-Jelte Slagter (Cannondale-Garmin). Slagter won the two key climbing stages on Friday and Saturday, with Mollema in second and Yates third on both stages. Despite his stage success, Slagter could not overcome his 30-second deficit from the opening team time trial. Mollema entered the final circuit-based stage in Edmonton with a six-second lead over Yates and 22 seconds over Slagter. All three riders finished in the peloton to retain that situation as the stage was won by German Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin).

Yates also secured the Youth Classification.

Adam Yates Places Second Behind Bauke Mollema In Tour Of Alberta

Canadian Rocky Mountains provided the backdrop for the Tour of Alberta

Twenty-three-year-old Yates place ninth overall in Tirreno-Adriatico in March, and then enjoyed a solid performance in his debut Tour de France in July, placing in the top 10 in two stages. He then took his first WorldTour victory in the Clasica San Sebastian in Spain in August3. The six-stage Tour of Alberta is ranked as 2.1 status by the UCI and was contested by five WorldTour teams, two Professional Continental outfits and eight Continental squads. Yates is on the

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