In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare triumphs on stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Michal Kwiatkowski solos to victory in men’s Strade Bianche; Elisa Longo Borghini claims thrilling women’s Strade Bianche; Jos Van Emden wins Dwaars door West-Vlaanderen; Adam Yates wins the GP Industria & Artigianato; Yohann Gene wraps up overall victory at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; Romain Bardet kicked out of Paris-Nice for illegal teamcar assistance; Richie Porte loses time on opening stage of Paris-Nice; Doctors rebelled over drug for Wiggins; Dave Brailsford among Team Sky staff treated with triamcinolone; Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey freeriding in Northwest Arkansas.
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For the second time in four years Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) has won the GP Industria & Artigianato, a one-day Italian race held just west of Florence.
Yates got the better of Ecuadorian neo-pro Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) in the finale to take his first victory of the year.
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The race kicked off with two riders getting up the road after 30km and building a gap of around five minutes. They were joined by two more riders before the race began four laps of a circuit featuring the San Baronto climb. The leaders were caught on the penultimate lap, before Orica-Scott duo Jack Haig and Robert Power drove the pace to thin out the peloton.
Yates jumped clear of the bunch in a group of six with less than 20km and one climb of San Baronto remaining. Yates attacked several times on the climb, before sprinting to victory from the group of three.
“I wasn’t lucky, but I’m not renowned as a sprinter so it’s a good win for me,” said Yates post-race. “I tried to give it some welly on the last climb and have a few digs, but I couldn’t get away from the other guys and had to wait for the sprint.
“It’s really good to come back here and get a second win. The team were fantastic and it’s a great way to go into next week’s Tirreno-Adriatico.”
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team