'I was never gonna win the sprint was I?': Adam Yates satisfied with third on Tour de France stage two

The Brit promises to ride aggressively for the rest of the French Grand Tour

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Adam Yates said he was happy to settle for third on stage three of the Tour de France 2020, realising the limits of his abilities when up against Julian Alaphilippe in a sprint finish, especially with the Frenchman's appetite for the yellow jersey.

"In the final I got away with the two guys. The little fella [Marc Hirschi] was not contributing much but in the end we started working well," Yates said after the finish. "And then I was never going to win the sprint was I? So I think third was the best I could have got out of that situation."

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