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CRO Race: Adam Yates wins stage 5

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won stage 5 of the CRO Race, triumphing on the summit finish of Platak and taking over the race lead. The Brit finished ten seconds ahead of Davide Villella (Astana) and Victor de la Parte (CCC Team).

"The team was so good today and the whole week. We’ve been fighting for a stage and finally we got it today," Yates said in a team press release. “This was always the main stage for me, most of the other stages were sprint stages."

Yates now leads the race with one stage remaining. He lies 15 seconds up on Villella and 17 seconds up on De la Parte. Andrey Zeits (Astana) lies fourth overall, 33 seconds down.

“After the Canadian Classics and before the Italian Classics, this race fit into the calendar perfectly so here we are and here we are with a victory," Yates said.

“It’s a good day and hopefully it’ll be a good week. One more day tomorrow.”

The racing continues for the stage 6 finale, a 154km from Sveta Nedelja to Zagreb, that will close out the CRO Race.

Brief results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 3:40:01
2Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:10
3Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
5Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:11
6Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:17
7Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:22
8Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:49
9Luca Covili (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:00:53
10Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Cycling Academy 0:01:10

General classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 17:34:46
2Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15
3Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team 0:00:17
4Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:33
5Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:41
6Alexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM 0:00:57
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel 0:01:16
8Brent Bookwalter (USA) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:42
9Sjoerd Bax (Ned) Metec 0:01:45
10Rudoslav Rogina (Cro) Adria Mobill 0:01:50

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