Tour de France leader Yates pulls through on difficult first day in Pyrenees

Adam Yates Tour de France Peyresourde 2020
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) battling to stay in touch on the Peyresourde (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) succeeded in holding on to his yellow jersey despite a viciously aggressive series of attacks on the Peyresourde on stage 8 of the Tour de France that almost saw the Briton in trouble before he righted the ship, kept going at his own pace and came home safely with the main favourites.

The first point when Yates looked to be struggling slightly came thanks to an initial move by Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) saw Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) rapidly bridge the gap, with Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) on his heels. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.