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The Orica-GreenEdge rider began 2015 strongly and performed well at Tirreno-Adriatico in March, coming ninth overall just 1:09 behind Nairo Quintana (Movistar), before an impressive debut Tour de France, recording three top 10 finishes in only his second Grand Tour appearance.
The 22-year-old British rider made the winning move at San Sebastian with an attack on the final climb of Bordako Tontorra to take his first WorldTour victory, 15 seconds ahead of Philippe Gilbert (BMC) in second and defending champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.
Communications problems afflicted the race and live television coverage was severely disrupted after the host broadcaster’s television relay plane suffered technical problems and was unable to transmit pictures. The result was that even the team directors were unsure as what was happening out on the road, hence the confusion.
Greg van Avermaet, who claimed he was cost victory by a late crash involving a motorbike, later took to Twitter to congratulate Yates on the win, after Adam’s brother Simon had accused him of disrespect on social media.