By Nigel Wynn
Adam Yates (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.
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.
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 August.
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 long list for Great Britain's road race team in the 2015 World Championships at the end of September.
Tour of Alberta 2015 final classification
1. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing in 20-20-28
2. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-GreenEdge at 6 secs
3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin at 22 secs
4. Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Katusha at 35 secs
5. Dion Smith (NZl) Hincapie Racing at 39 secs
6. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Cannondale-Garmin at 1-08
7. Toms Skujins (Lat) Hincapie Racing at 1-12
8. Paul Voss (Ger) Bora-Argon 18 at 1-16
9. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin at 1-23
10. Michael Woods (Can) Optum at 1-25
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