Yates bosses stage
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.