Orica-GreenEDGE’s Adam Yates wins World Tour race without realising!

It’s a one day classic many cyclists dream of winning, but when Britain’s Adam Yates crossed the line in the Classic Ciclista San Sebastian, he did so without realising he’d just finished first in the World Tour race.

Confusion throughout the final kilometres of the race left Yates without knowledge of whether any riders remained ahead of him, and radio communication failure left him with no means of confirming his position with the team.

The confusion stemmed largely from an incident involving the race leader, Greg Van Avermaet, being knocked off his bike by a race motorcycle.

It wasn’t until the Orica-GreenEdge rider had crossed the line that he realised top spot on the podium was his.

The San Sebastian win now sits atop the 22-year-old’s palmares, with his previous major highlight being an overall win in the 2014 Tour of Turkey.

You can't help but feel for Yates amid the confusing finish, but he now has one of the world's most prestigious races in his trophy cabinet and the glory - and the story - will last forever.

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