Yates wins stage seven to keep Tour de Suisse lead

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British rider Adam Yates will start Sunday’s final stage of the Tour de Suisse in the yellow jersey after earning another victory on stage seven.

Yates and team-mate Joao Almeida crossed the finish line together – with the Briton deemed slightly ahead of the Portuguese – and 14 seconds ahead of their nearest challenger.

The 31-year-old Yates has an overall lead of 31 seconds over fellow Team Emirates rider Almeida following the 118km route which started and ended in Villars-sur-Ollon.

It was Yates’ second stage victory of the week and the third stage in a row in which he and Almeida have occupied the top two places.

Sunday’s eighth and final stage is an uphill 15.7km time trial where riders will have to ascend nearly 900m to the finish.

Yates and Almeida are well clear of Colombia’s Egan Bernal in third place in the standings, so it is expected to be a battle for first place between team-mates on Sunday.

Britons Tom Pidcock and Oscar Onley are sitting seventh and eighth in the general classification standings.

Stage seven result

  1. Adam Yates (GB/UAE Team Emirates) 3hrs 5min 41secs

  2. Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Team Emirates) “

  3. Matthew Riccitello (US/Israel-Premier Tech) +14secs

  4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Visma-Lease a Bike) +16secs

  5. Mattias Skjelmose (Den/Lidl-Trek) “

  6. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) “

  7. Oscar Onley (GB/Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) “

  8. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) “

  9. Felix Gall (Aut/Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale) +32secs

  10. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +35secs

General classification

  1. Adam Yates (GB/UAE Team Emirates) 19hrs 45mins 17secs

  2. Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Team Emirates) +31secs

  3. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) +1min 51secs

  4. Mattias Skjelmose (Den/Lidl-Trek) +2min 50secs

  5. Matthew Riccitello (US/Israel-Premier Tech) +3min 2secs

  6. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3min 23secs

  7. Tom Pidcock (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +3min 54secs

  8. Oscar Onley (GB/Team dsm-firmenich PostNL) +4min 3secs

  9. Felix Gall (Aut/Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale) +4min 41secs

  10. Wilco Kelderman (Ned/Visma-Lease a Bike) +4min 59secs

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