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by Shane Stokes
October 6, 2017
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He was quickest in the final run to the line, drawing closer to lone leader Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), but eventually ending up ten seconds short. Still, Adam Yates was encouraged rather than despondent after Milano-Torino, recognising that his form is where it needs to be before Saturday’s Il Lombardia.
“Finishing on the podium is always a good result. I thought with 600 metres to go it was possible to win but in the end Uran had a little bit more,” he said. “I had a bit of a bad luck in the Giro dell’Emilia with a small crash, so I couldn’t contest the final; this was my next race, and I got to contest the final.
“We have a big one on Saturday and I hope the legs will still feel good for Il Lombardia. Everyone knows how hard it is. It’s the same course as two years ago, and I was up there two years ago – it’s a much longer race than today and there’s much more climbing.”
As a result he has extra motivation for his next race. “My confidence is a bit increased by what I achieved today. It’s been a long time since I contested a final. In the Vuelta, I wasn’t super – it’s good to be back.”