Vuelta a Espana: Pinot wins stage 19 atop Coll de la Rabassa

Thibaut Pinot wins stage 19 at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took a huge step towards securing overall victory at the Vuelta a Espana on the first of two final mountain stage in Andorra, distancing biggest rival Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) on the 2,025 metre high Coll de la Rabassa climb and extending his overall lead to 1:38 over the Spaniard. Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) won the stage after being able to stay with Yates, with Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) third at 13 seconds after he was distanced by the two in the final kilometre. Valverde suffered on the climb, and despite some help from teammate Nairo Quintana, he finished eighth and lost 1:12. Thanks to also taking a six-second time bonus, Yates now leads Valverde by 1:38, with only Saturday’s short but climb-packed mountain stage to Coll de la Gallina separating the Briton from overall victory in Madrid. Kruijswijk moved up to third overall ...

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