Vuelta a Espana leader Simon Yates survives fraught stage after Pinot attacks

Simon Yates stayed in the red jersey after stage 11 of the Vuelta

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) remains narrowly in control of the Vuelta a España 's overall lead for a third day after a fraught stage where Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) launched a long-range attack. Yates argued that Pinot represented a danger but that Mitchelton-Scott took a calculated risk. The leader since the Vuelta's hardest summit finish so far on the Covatilla last Sunday, the Briton said that he had not felt that he risked losing la roja, and that if Movistar chased, "it's because they have to." "It was a very crazy and fast start, which is what we were expecting, and we tried to control the race as much as possible, for just over 100 kilometres," Yates said. "The guys did a great job, but we can't control the race every day for 200 kilometres. We did the best we could and that was that." Asked if he ...

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