Yates wins CRO Race as Mitchelton-SCOTT celebrate successful and consistent week
Briton Adam Yates riding for Aussie team Mitchelton-SCOTT has successfully retained his lead on the final stage to be crowned the 2019 CRO Race champion in Zagreb today.
Yates finished seventh place on the final stage behind winner Alessandro Fedeli (Delko Marseille Provence). Teammate Alex Edmondson sprinted to fifth.
In their first appearance at the race, Mitchelton-SCOTT finished the six-day race with the overall winner, a stage victory and the mountains and sprint jerseys. The Australian outfit never finished lower than fifth on any stage.
Eight riders formed the day’s breakaway and rode quickly out to over four minute’s advantage.
With 30km to go their advantage was split in half and as they negotiated the finish circuits it continued to deplete, but the final survivor, Fedeli, was able to hold on by a few bike lengths to steal the stage with the charging reduced bunch hot on his heels.
Successful and consistent week:
Starting the race with stage ambitions, Mitchelton-SCOTT contested each of the six stages and never finished outside the top five.
A victory on the Queen stage by Yates highlighted the week, whilst Edmondson represented the outfit strongly across each of the sprint stages, finishing second, third and three-times fifth.
The pair also secured the mountains (Yates) and sprint (Edmondson) jerseys.
“Today panned out perfectly, we didn’t want to risk working too much earlier in the day and having nobody in the final circuits just in case it kicked off.
“From the beginning of the week we set out to win a stage and hopefully the GC would come along with that and that’s pretty much what ended up happening. Alex was up there almost every stage challenging for the win and Brent and Callum really set me up for my win on stage five, so as a team we couldn’t have done much more.
“We had a real mix of guys here and with some of the dangerous finishing circuit things could have got out of control quickly but we stayed focused and never really ended up on back foot the whole week.”
"It was an excellent performance from everyone. It sounds cliché, but it was a real team performance all week, especially last two days and in particular in the Queen stage to set Adam up for the win.
“It shows what good motivation and form in the back end of the season can produce. It was a really good week, especially with the two young guys amongst it too.
“Today we had a depleted team, but we didn’t have to do much at all to control the stage. Our boys did a lot of work early on to make sure break was one we were happy with and then it was up to the other teams if they wanted the stage win.
“Adam is fit and motivated and realistically yesterday’s final climb wasn’t one that suited his strengths - it was shallow and fast so it was a really impressive to see him to ride away and take time on everyone. It’s a good sign for the Italian races this week.”
CRO Race – Stage 6 Results:
1. Alessandro Fedeli (Delko Marseille Provence) 3:22:14
2. Jan Tratnik (Bahrain- Merida) +0:02
3. Florian Kierner (Team Felbermayr – Simplon Wels +0:02
5. Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:05
CRO Race – FINAL General Classification:
1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 20:57:05
2. Davide Villella (Astana Pro Team) +0:22
3. Victor De la Parte (CCC Team) +0:29