Injured Yates up to fourth at Tour Down Under

Simon Yates (in yellow and black) was five seconds behind stage three winner Richie Porte

Yates (in yellow and black) was five seconds behind stage three winner Richie Porte

Britain’s Simon Yates finished third on stage three of the Tour Down Under despite racing with a knee injury following a crash on stage two.

Yates almost missed the start because of the issue but finished five seconds behind Australian winner Richie Porte on the short climb to Paracombe.

Porte’s win gave him the race leader’s jersey, with Yates fourth in the overall standings, 11 seconds adrift.

Australian Rob Power just beat Yates into second on the 131km stage.

Yates’ Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Daryl Impey is second overall, six seconds behind Porte.

On the state of his knee, which was bandaged from the start, Yates said: “It was a little bit stiff in the morning and it was a good job that we didn’t have a quick start. But once we got into it, it started getting better and better.

“I just did the best I could (up the final climb). I could see Impey was close, so I was half doing a job for him and half for myself. Chapeau to Richie though, he showed again on these short little climbs he is a nudge above.

“I think Willunga (the final climb on the final stage) suits me more. I don’t think I’ve ever won a three minute climb before, add a 0 on the end to make it 30 minutes and that is better.”

The race is over six stages and finishes in Willunga Hill, near Adelaide, on Sunday.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/51218212

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