Cycling

Briton Yates leads in Turkey

Cycling (File)
Cycling (File)

Istanbul - Young British rider Adam Yates took over the leader's jersey at the Tour of Turkey after winning Friday's 183km sixth stage from Bodrum to Selcuk.

On a hilly course, the 21-year-old beat Italians Davide Formolo and Davide Rebellin by two seconds in a solo attack on the uphill finish.

Previous leader Rein Taaramae had started the day 6sec ahead of Yates, whose twin brother Simon is also a professional cyclist, but lost 7sec on the stage in coming home fourth.

Yates's victory continued his Orica GreenEDGE team's impressive recent form coming a day after Swiss Michael Albasini's stage victory at the Tour of Romandie.

It also came less than a week after Australian Simon Gerrans won the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege race for the team from his homeland.

With just two stages remaining, Yates holds a one second lead over Cofidis's Taaramae with Frenchman Romain Hardy, who was seventh in Selcuk, 39sec behind.

Saturday's seventh stage of the 50th edition of this race is a 132km ride from Kusadasi to Izmir.

Results:

1. Adam Yates (GBR/Omega) 4hr 11min 46sec, 2. Davide Formolo (ITA/Cannondale) at 2sec, 3. Davide Rebellin (ITA/CCC Polsat) same time, 4. Rein Taaramae (EST/Cofidis) 7, 5. Kristijan Durasak (CRO/Lampre) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Adam Yates (GBR/Omega) 24h 46:57, 2. Rein Taaramae (EST/Cofidis) 1, 3. Romain Hardy (FRA/Cofidis) 39, 4. Davide Formolo (ITA/Cannondale) 40, 5. Davide Rebellin (ITA/CCC Polsat) 44

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