Adam Yates: Anything can happen in the first week of the Tour de France

Adam Yates and Mitchelton-Scott at the Tour de France

Mitchelton-Scott 's pedigree in the team time trial was a double-edged sword for Adam Yates on stage 2 of the Tour de France in Brussels. The strength of men like Luke Durbridge and Matteo Trentin offered a robust insurance policy against the kind of losses incurred by AG2R La Mondiale or Movistar, but the Briton had to make sure he reached the finish line in their company. Easier said than done. "In the beginning, I sat on a little bit just to make sure that I could go to the finish," Yates said afterwards. "We've got some strong guys on the team and they were pulling some real big turns. If I'm pulling turn for turn with these guys, I'm going to go out the arse pretty quick." 11th place on the stage was hardly in line with Mitchelton-Scott's heritage in the discipline – they won the team time trial ...

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