Gruelling climb puts Yates up with the best

The young British rider held his own against world class opposition on the summit finish of stage five at Tirreno-Adriatico

Photo: Graham Watson

Adam Yates blasted through the snow and attacked the best in the sport to arrive seventh on Monte Terminillo in Italy's Tirreno-Adriatico stage race today.

The 22-year-old Brit only lost sight of stage winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing), but held his own on the 16.1 kilometre uphill finish with cycling's top grand tour rider, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). He attacked and he marked attacks to finish seventh on the stage at 55 seconds.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.