Simon Yates closes in on Vuelta a Espana lead again

Simon Yates (Team Mitchelton-Scott)

Having relinquished the Vuelta a Espana race lead a day ago, Simon Yates closed in on it once again on Friday's summit finish at La Camperona. The Mitchelton-Scott rider followed a late attack from Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and now sits just 1:42 behind the current race leader Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). The 8.3-kilometre Alto de Camperona was the first of three summit finish tests for the general classification riders. Yates and his Mitchelton-Scott team were able to keep their noses out of the wind on the tough stage after allowing Herrada to take the lead of the race in the previous day's stage. As the stage reached the final kilometre, Yates attacked and Quintana followed with the Colombian eventually dropping Yates in the final few hundred metres. "He was strong again like I knew he would be. I did a good round which I'm happy with. We have a few more ...

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