Adam Yates celebrates winning stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse wearing the yellow jersey.

Tour de Suisse wrap-up: Adam Yates wins the friendly dispute between dominant teammates

UAE Team Emirates claim four of eight stages at the Tour de France warm-up race, as Yates and Almeida go one-two overall.

Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse. Photo: © Cor Vos

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by Kit Nicholson 16.06.2024 Photography by
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Once the Tour de Suisse got into the mountains, UAE Team Emirates could be stopped by no one. After taking over the yellow jersey on stage 4, Adam Yates was well-looked after for the remainder of the race as his team showed they were a level above their rivals, winning stages 5 to 8. In the end, the biggest threat to the overall title sat next to Yates on the team bus in João Almeida.

All the while, the Tour de Suisse paid tribute to Gino Mäder on the one-year anniversary of the Swiss rider’s tragic death while competing at this race, with one of the highlights being Torstein Træen’s emotional victory for Bahrain-Victorious.

Brief stage-by-stage results:

  1. (ITT) Yves Lampaert (Soudal-QuickStep)
  2. Bryan Coquard (Arkéa B&B Hotels)
  3. Thibau Nys (Lidl-Trek)
  4. Torstein Træen (Bahrain-Victorious)
  5. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates)
  6. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates)
  7. Adam Yates
  8. (ITT) João Almeida
The peloton rides up a climb against a classic Swiss mountain backdrop during stage 5 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse.
A classic Tour de Suisse mountain scene on stage 5 of this year’s race.
Thibau Nys throwing his arms wide in celebration of victory on stage 3 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse.
Thibau Nys can’t seem to stop winning in 2024. After opening the books with stage 2 at the Tour de Romandie, he then won two stages and the overall at the Tour de Hongrie, before taking the opening stage in Norway then returning to Switzerland for his second WorldTour victory, his sixth of the season (of eight in total).
Adam Yates wins stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.
UAE has shown real strength and dominance in Switzerland as the team prepare to aid Tadej Pogačar in his attempt to win a third Tour de France.
Adam Yates in the yellow jersey celebrates alongside teammate João Almeida as they finish first and second on stage 7 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse.
“When we got away at the end there, we said what we should do. I asked him if I could have the stage, and he said yes, straight away,” Yates said after stage 7, going on to say that he expects Almeida to fly in the closing mountain time trial. “I think he’s shown in the last few days how strong he is when he starts doing his crazy pace. When he’s alone tomorrow in the TT, I think he’s going to fly up here. So, we’ll see tomorrow, and then hopefully we can win again.”
João Almeida during the stage 8 individual time trial at the 2024 Tour de Suisse.
Almeida in the zone.

GC top 10

  1. Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates)
  2. João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) +0:22
  3. Mattias Skjelmose (Lidl-Trek) +3:02
  4. Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) +3:12
  5. Matthew Riccitello (Israel-Premier Tech) +3:31
  6. Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) +4:36
  7. Enric Mas (Movistar) +5:01
  8. Oscar Onley (DSM-firmenich PostNL) +5:40
  9. Wilco Kelderman (Visma-Lease a Bike) +6:31
  10. Felix Gall (Decathlon-AG2R) +6:35

Quotes of the race

About two days to go, I wasn’t sure if I could do it … I’m still out of breath because it was such a hard climb, but one thing I had in the back of my mind for a while was the 2019 Tirreno-Adriatio where I lost the TT on the last day by one second, and this had lived rent-free in my head for many years, so it’s finally good to win a race and win it with a TT like this.”

Adam Yates said after the stage 8 TT where he finished second to Almeida but sealed the overall win

Stage 4 winner Torstein Træen celebrated his first pro win and his first top-10 finish of the season on the Gotthardpass, also winning the prize dedicated to Gino Mäder at the highest point of the race.

It’s obviously special, it’s for Gino no? On the Gino mountain, rideforgino. It means the world, he was still a colleague and you still miss him. Obviously, in this team, it’s super special and we always want to ride for him, and on a day like this when his mum is also here, it’s super special.”

Træen said after his stage win

Brief analysis:

Wilco Kelderman and Isaac Del Toro get back to their feet after a crash on stage 4 of the 2024 Tour de Suisse.
A sharp acceleration at the front of the GC group saw a touch of wheels send Isaac Del Toro and Wilco Kelderman to the ground. Both were back up fairly quickly, and Del Toro even made it back to the front to set the pace for Adam Yates and João Almeida.

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