Adam Yates: Il Lombardia condition is there ‘I just need to pull it out of the bag’

MILAN ITALY OCTOBER 06 LR Adam Yates of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers and Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma compete in the breakaway during the 102nd MilanoTorino 2021 a 190km race from Magenta to Torino Superga 669m MilanoTorino on October 06 2021 in Milan Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) and Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at Milano-Torino 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images sport)

Adam Yates went toe to toe with Primoz Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at Milano-Torino on Wednesday and while ultimately the Briton walked away without a victory the strength of the performance which netted second leaves the Ineos Grenadiers heading into Il Lombardia confident he has the form to make a mark.

Yates crossed the line atop the finishing climb of Superga 12 seconds behind Roglič, though for a while there it looked like he may have had the Slovenian rider on the backfoot. Yates initiated the key attack at about 4km to go and didn’t relent, attacking repeatedly until he was alone with Roglič. Within the final 600 metres, on the steep ramps to the Basilica, Yates tried again though Roglič fought back and continued on with the acceleration to take the victory.

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