Adam Yates 'I had to go full gas when Quintana attacked'

Adam Yates says that "if there's a chance, I'll go for it" to try and gain time on race leader Nairo Quintana in the remaining stages of Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy

Adam Yates on stage four of Tirreno-Adriatico 2017.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) says that marking Nairo Quintana (Movistar) takes "full-gas" efforts that are nearly impossible to maintain.

The Englishman, however, did so for much of the Monte Terminillo climb today in central Italy. Quintana won solo with 18 seconds over Geraint Thomas (Sky) and 24 seconds over Yates – the first time two Brits ever placed top three together in the Tirreno-Adriatico's 52 years.

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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.