"With Joao Almeida at the end there, he was going super fast" - Adam Yates full of praise for teammate as UAE continue Tour de Suisse dominance

For the second stage in a row, Adam Yates left all his general classification rivals in the dust on the mountains of the 2024 Tour de Suisse. Although he was denied a stage win on stage 4, this time around there, was no stopping the Brit.

"We knew we wanted to set a hard pace and the whole team worked really hard all day," Yates praised in his post-stage interview. "At the beginning, INEOS Grenadiers tried to flick us a little bit and put our guys out the back so we had to reorganise. Then yeah, the guys were super strong controlling the break and setting a pace in the final."

Of all the UAE Team Emirates riders to impress, arguably did more than Joao Almeida. The Portuguese pulled a monster turn on the front up the final climb, destroying the GC. Once Yates attacked, Almeida was initially dropped but the former Giro d'Italia podium finisher proved his strength once again to regroup and pick his way past the likes of Enric Mas and Egan Bernal to finish the stage 2nd behind Yates. "With Joao at the end there, he was going super fast," Yates recalls, puffing out his cheeks at the memory. "We knew he was also in great shape. We came here as co-leaders and yeah, it's just been a great day for the team."

With Yates and Almeida one-two in the general classification, there seems to be no stopping UAE Team Emirates at the 2024 Tour de Suisse. "We now have options with two guys up there and we have a nice little cushion," Yates assesses. "Tomorrow is a short stage and if Mas and Bernal can be here in the final, they obviously have good shape as well. But we'll see. The team is looking strong, we're motivated and hopefully we can have more wins like this."

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