Adam Yates takes lead after Julian Alaphilippe wins again

Adam Yates takes lead after Julian Alaphilippe wins again

Yates, though, remained upbeat. “It’s good, I’m not sure how long I’ll hold onto it [race lead], but we’ll try our best and see how it goes,” he said. “After yesterday’s big ride in the TTT [team time trial], it was another hard stage today, a different kind of stage but I’m happy with my position, happy with my condition.

“Tomorrow’s a sprint stage then we have a few punchy, tricky stages and like I said yesterday, there’s no real hard, long mountain stage, a lot of hard short stages, so we’ll see how the legs are and take it from there.”

Tirreno-Adriatico continues on Friday with the 226km third stage from Pomarance to Foligno and concludes next Tuesday with a 10km individual time trial around San Benedetto del Tronto.

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