Simon Yates keeps Vuelta a Espana lead despite late puncture

Simon Yates in the Vuelta's red jersey after stage 10

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) survived a small scare on stage 10 to hold onto his slim lead in the overall classification of the Vuelta a Espana . Yates, who is just a single second ahead of Alejandro Valverde in the standings, suffered a puncture in the final 20 kilometres of the stage and had to battle headwinds to re-join the peloton. Yates initially took a teammate's bike but decided to switch to his spare when faced with the windy conditions. In his usual measured manner, Yates shrugged off the moment and said that it could have been a whole lot worse had the wind been coming from a different direction. "I had a puncture, which wasn't ideal. It was OK though, I changed bikes with [Michael] Albasini and then there were headwinds so I decided again to change my own bike. It could have been much worse if there ...

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