Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) soloed to victory on the stage 4 summit finish of the Tour de Romandie at Thyon 2000, racing into the overall lead in the process.
The British rider was given free reign to attack in the closing kilometres of the 2000-metre mountain after teammate and race leader Juan Ayuso dropped 8km from the line. He jumped from an elite lead group at 4km to go as he sought to overhaul a 12-second gap to new virtual race leader Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar).
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) was the strongest man in pursuit of Yates, going solo in the chase, while Jorgenson tried to limit his losses at the head of a smaller group further back.
The damage was done, however, and Yates crossed the line 21 seconds up on Jorgenson in fifth place to take the yellow jersey ahead of Sunday’s final stage. Pinot took second at seven seconds down, while Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) rounded out the podium at 19 seconds.
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