Yates bosses stage

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FAYENCE (FRANCE): Bri­ton Si­mon Yates came home alone in Fri­day’s sixth stage of the ParisNice with France’s Ju­lian Alaphilippe re­tain­ing the leader’s yel­low jersey.

Orica rider Yates crossed the line 17 sec­onds up on Colom­bian Ser­gio He­nao who gained a dozen sec­onds on fourth-placed Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe heads the gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion from his com­pa­triot Tony Gal­lopin, over half a minute adrift, with He­nao 46s away in third.

Yates made a de­ci­sive move on the penul­ti­mate climb 20km from the fin­ish of the near 200km ride be­tween Aubagne and Fayence.

The 24-year-old brother of last year’s Tour de France fourth Adam Yates moves up to eighth over­all at 1min 37sec.

“There’s still a lot of time to take away from Ju­lian Alaphilippe but he’s such a phe­nom­e­nal rider. He’s one of the best riders of our gen­er­a­tion,” said Yates.

Alaphilippe lost time when un­able to stay with He­nao when the South Amer­i­can reeled in a break­away from Aus­tralian Richie Porte.

“It was hard, I had cramp at the foot of the climb,” the French­man re­vealed.

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