Vuelta a Espana 2018 Stage 19: Pinot wins but Yates takes massive stride towards overall glory
Martin James 14 Sep 2018 Yates survives Movistar onslaught to extend lead as Valverde is left floundering in rivals' wake Thibaut Pinot won Stage 19 of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana high in the Andorran mountains, but it was Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who was standing tallest after taking a huge stride towards overall victory in Madrid on Sunday. Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Yates had attacked on the lower slopes of the 17km Coll de la Rabassa that finished an otherwise flat 154km stage to join Stephen Kruijswijk (Lotto-NL Jumbo) in a lead group of three ahead of the other main favourites. And with Yates having countered the threat of second man overall Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), whose team had set a high pace throughout the stage then sent Nairo Quintana on the attack earlier on the climb, instead it was Yates who looked strongest, extending his lead over Valverde by more than ...
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