Adam Yates stays in second at Volta a Catalunya

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

After winning the toughest stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday and moving into second place overall, Adam Yates ' hopes of moving into the lead on Thursday's stage 4 were dashed by Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). The Mitchelton-Scott rider was able to respond far quicker on La Molina's uneven slopes when Egan Bernal (Team Sky) once again launched a driving attack almost at an identical distance to Tuesday at Vallter 2000. And it briefly looked as if Yates was on track to inherit the leader's jersey from Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), dropped, as the Belgian had predicted, at the foot of the final climb. However, when Lopez went clear for good, the Mitchelton-Scott leader could not follow. Simon Yates then bridged across, giving his brother strong support in the final kilometres before Adam punched away again, this time with Bernal on his wheel. However, by then Lopez ...

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