Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yates Shows He Can Be a Tour De Force as He Chases Ace Froome

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yates Shows He Can Be a Tour De Force as He Chases Ace Froome

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ADAM Yates has shrugged off all talk of pressure despite sitting second after the first 11 stages of the Tour de France.

The 23-year-old from Bury is only 28 seconds behind fellow Brit Chris Froome, who has the yellow jersey.

The Orica-BikeExchange rider, who came into the Tour bidding to win individual stages, is now being encouraged to focus on getting on the podium when the race finishes in Paris a week on Sunday.

But Yates, a former Derby High School pupil, says his goals have not changed.

"There is no pressure," he said. "We just take it day by day and if we have the legs we keep rolling with it. That's all there is to it."

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said on Monday he hoped to see Yates commit himself to the general classification to see how far he could go and to learn for the future, but Yates said he would still choose a stage win over a top-five finish overall. …

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