Healthy Adam Yates nearly blitzed Montreal Grand Prix: ‘Faster guys beat me’
MONTREAL (VN) — Adam Yates was all smiles on Sunday despite not winning the grueling Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal.
After a season marred by illness and frustration, climber Ineos Grenadiers felt whole and raced with unbridled enthusiasm on Sunday to place fourth in the one-day Canadian WorldTour race.
“I knew I was never going to win the sprint there, so I tried to climb. The longest climb is the furthest from the finish, so it was going to be tricky,” he said. said: “I did everything I could and faster guys beat me.
“Condition is good,” Yates said. “I just hope to bring that back to Europe to keep racing and keep trying to win.”
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Yates is coming off an uneven season that was marred by early season illness and a bout of COVID-19 just before the Tour de France, where he still managed a top-10 overall with a ninth place finish.
“I’ve been sick for a long time, it seems almost the whole season,” Yates said. “Before the Tour, I had COVID at Swiss. And then I got sick on the Tour. It was bad luck, that’s life, and you get used to it.
“But now I’m not sick, and I feel better, and I’m fighting up there for the win,” Yates said. “So I hope to stay healthy for the rest of the year and I will do my best.”
Yates: “Montreal suited me better than Quebec”
Fully recovered now, Yates won a stage and the general classification of the Deutschland Tour to come to Canada with the best legs. He placed ninth on Friday at the Quebec GP, and the longer course on Sunday in Montreal suited him even more.
A pair of top 10s here in Canada, with ninth in Quebec and fourth in Montreal, confirmed that Yates is back to his best even if he comes late into 2022.
“This race is much tougher than Quebec City and that suits me a little more. I tried on the last climb but there were still guys behind the wheel,” Yates said. “Everyone in that group was faster than me, and I tried the little kicker again, but it wasn’t enough.
Dani Martínez jumped first and Yates followed in his wake to set up the solid finish.
“We talked to each other and said if you feel good, you can give it a try. We really didn’t have a plan as such, and when the time comes, try to take this opportunity,” a- he said, “It was a very good race. It’s the first race with him since the Tour, so he’s doing pretty well.
Once the selection was made, Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogačar were both in his wheel, and he could read the writing on the wall.
“I knew I was never going to win a sprint against those guys. I gasped up the long climb and looked around, and everyone was pretty quick,” he said. “I knew I had to try one more time, and they were still there. I couldn’t do much more.
Yates on the future: ‘It will soon be revealed’
Yates will return to Europe to compete in the Fall Classics in Italy and race for Il Lombardia to close out its 2022 season.
Asked by BikeNews about his contract situation, Yates said news would come soon. After two seasons with Ineos Grenadiers, there has been speculation that he could move to another team.
Yates declined to comment and only smiled when pressed about the future.
“It will be revealed soon,” Yates said with a laugh. “You will find.”