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Mixed weekend of racing for the Yates brothers in Italy and France

Simon Yates
Josh Cunningham
6 Mar 2017

Adam Yates wins GP Industria & Artigianato in Italy, while brother Simon Yates is one of many GC hopes caught out at Paris-Nice

Adam Yates, the 24-year-old Brit riding for Orica-BikeExchange, notched up a victory over the weekend at GP Industria & Artigianato in Italy. 

The race is a tough hilly affair in Tuscancy, which Yates won by outsprinting a small group that splintered away towards the end of the race, while Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac) rounded out the podium. 

It's the second time Yates has won the race in his career - the first being in 2014, his first year as a pro - with the terrain suiting his climbing and puncheuring abilities well. 

From GP Industria & Artigianato Yates will go to Tirreno-Adriatico, where he will lead Orica's GC hopes, before spearheading the team along with brother Simon at the Giro d'Italia, which along with the Vuelta a Espana is the key target for both brothers this season. 

Simon Yates is currently racing at Paris-Nice, where he sits 23rd on GC, 1'14" down on the race lead. He was one of many GC hopes to have missed out on the first group after a brutal first stage in the crosswinds of northern France yesterday, but the race is likely to come down to a battle on the Col de la Couillole on Saturday's 7th stage. 

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