Adam and Simon Yates attack Lopez in Catalunya but narrowly miss out

Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves chat in the peloton

So near yet so far. In one of the most nail-biting finales of recent editions of the Volta a Catalunya , a powerful late all-out attack by Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) saw the Briton come dangerously close to ousting Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) from the overall lead. With around 20 kilometres to go on the multiple 6.8km laps of the hilly Montjuic circuit, first Adam’s brother and teammate Simon Yates , a former winner on the circuit, went up the road. Then Adam, 14 seconds back on GC and in second place behind López, attempted to break away as well. Ably supported by his brother, Adam Yates opened up a gap of around 40 seconds, forcing Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez to come to the front of the main pack in person to try and chase down his move. Team Sky’s Pavel Sivakov, though, seemed to have more effect and finally, with ...

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