Yates swaps defense for offense in Tour de France

LARUNS FRANCE SEPTEMBER 06 Arrival Adam Yates of The United Kingdom and Team Mitchelton Scott Yellow Leader Jersey Disappointment during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 9 a 153km stage from Pau to Laruns 495m TDF2020 LeTour on September 06 2020 in Laruns France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Adam Yates of Mitchelton-Scott wore the leader's jersey in the first week of the 2020 Tour de France for four days (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

After clinging onto the Tour de France yellow jersey for four days, Adam Yates will now revert back to his pre-race plan of targeting stage wins as the race enters its second week.

Yates relinquished yellow on the second of two days in the Pyrenees, and heads into the first Tour rest day 1:02 down on Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) lead, but in order for the future Ineos Grenadiers rider to realistically start targeting stage wins he will need to lose more time and slip down the overall standings.

The next two days are relatively flat but with the threat of crosswinds – particularly on stage 10. Yates may sit up in order to concede time before the next set of mountain stages. Stage 13 to Guyon-Puy Mary looks well-suited to a break and could see the next wave of attacks from riders serious about snatching a stage win away from the yellow jersey contenders. 

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