Simon Yates mulling over strategy at Vuelta a Espana

Simon Yates in red after stage 9 at the Vuelta

After unexpectedly taking the lead of the Vuelta a España at La Covatilla, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) remains unsure of what his and his team’s strategy will be during the race’s second week. Although Yates is targeting overall victory at this Vuelta, his advantage is a slender one second ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and there are ten riders within a minute of his overall lead. Yates arrived late at the team hotel on Sunday evening after the transfer that followed stage 9, meaning that a full discussion of how best to handle the race leadership scenario is still pending. For the time being, he and the team are weighing up their options. “We’ve only talked very briefly, we got here late, I went straight to bed, so we haven’t had much time to discuss things yet,” Yates told a small group of reporters before heading off for a training ...

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