Dauphine: Adam Yates at 85 per cent with Tour de France in mind

Best young rider, Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) says he is some way off his best shape at the Critérium du Dauphiné and proceeding cautiously with a month still to go until the Tour de France . The British rider put in a decent ride in the opening day prologue – not his speciality – to finish ahead of fellow yellow jersey hopefuls Romain Bardet and Vincenzo Nibali. He then came home safely in the reduced peloton after a chaotic finale to the opening road stage on Monday. “I’m happy with that,” Yates said of his ride on Sunday. “Prologues are never nice, no matter how short they are. They’re always tough. It’s going to be a tough week, there are a few mountaintop finishes towards the end of the week so we’ll see what we can do.” Yates enjoyed a strong first half of the season, finishing fourth at the Volta a ...

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