Puncture derails Adam Yates' Basque Country plans

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finishes 1:12 down on stage 2 at Pais Vasco

Adam Yates ' hopes for an overall win at Tour of the Basque Country suffered a major blow Tuesday when the Mitchelton-Scott leader suffered a puncture on a gravel section near the end of stage 2 . Yates was with the main peloton making his way through the final gravel sector of the day when the puncture occurred. He got a quick wheel change from teammate Damian Howson, but with less than 16km remaining the pace on the front was high, and Yates wasn't able to regain contact with the bunch, coming in 1:12 down on stage winner Julian Alaphilippe on the uphill finish in Gorraiz. "I couldn’t have punctured at a worse moment," Yates said in a statement published on the team website. "We rode well as a team all day, stayed in good position and out of trouble on the gravel sections, but unfortunately all that can disappear ...

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