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Adam Yates stays grounded despite flying at Tour of Turkey

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Adam Yates crowned an excellent week by claiming the turquoise jersey reserved for the Tour of Turkey winner but insisted he will not be changing his approach.

It has been an eventful Tour for the 21-year-old newcomer. The Orica-GreenEdge rider suddenly had to take the leader's responsibility when designated team leader Simon Yates – Adam's twin brother – broke his collarbone after a crash on stage three.

Adam Yates immediately slotted into the leader's role and as Cofidis' Rein Taaramae attacked on the final climb of the stage, Yates was the only one capable of following the Estonian. The Cofidis man out-sprinted Yates to the line but took only six seconds on the Briton.

After that, the sprinters took centre stage and no time was gained or lost for the two contenders.

On stage six, however, Yates took control of the Tour when he launched an explosive attack on the climb to the House of the Virgin Mary above Ephesus and despite a brave effort, Taaramae was unable to stay with Yates, who grabbed exactly the seven seconds he needed to lead by a single second and take the turquoise jersey off the Estonian.

It was a brave and confident showing from such a young rider and adds to his three stage victories at last year's U23 Tour de l'Avenir where he finished second in the GC.

Yates, however, is determined to keep both feet on the ground and manage expectations as well as his own aspirations. He refused to look too far ahead and insisted he will continue to race “day by day.”

The Tour of California is next on the Briton's race schedule but he admitted in the press conference after his excellent Tour win that he was not sure who was actually going to the American tour.

"I might be working or going for a stage win. I'm young and not really going for any targets. I go into races looking for an opportunity and if an opportunity comes around I'll pick it up," he said.

He has not set his mind on racing any particular races but is just focusing on putting the work in.

"You've got to be realistic and hopefully if I improve like I want to and I put the hard training in, who knows?"

Yates admitted that he liked being the protected leader on the road but still has reservations concerning the media commitment that follows the leadership role.

"You don't really do anything until the last couple of kilometres,” he modestly claimed, commenting on the leadership.

“You guys got a lot of questions and I don't know what to say sometimes,” he added.

Yates has a long career ahead of him and has plenty of time to get used to his new-found role but acknowledged that he might well have to share the limelight with his brother, Simon.

"I would say we're pretty similar riders," Adam said. "He was going really well after Tour of the Basque Country so he was the choice to be leader.

"Every time he's going for a stage or the overall, I'll be there or there abouts so we've always got a plan B when we ride together."

At the moment Yates is enjoying each race as it comes and will do what he can to ensure that his excellent form continues.

"I knew I had some pretty decent form coming into this race and when you're going well - you've always got a chance. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, the form will continue and hopefully I can keep winning," he said.

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