Yates: It's not nice to lose red, but I have bigger ambitions

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates said that he has bigger ambitions after losing the red leader's jersey on stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana . The Mitchelton-Scott rider is now sitting second in the overall classification, 3:22 behind the new race leader Jesus Herrada (Cofidis). Yates has held the jersey since stage 9 and had a slim one-second lead over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). With three tough mountain stages to come, and perhaps cautious after his Giro d'Italia crack in May, Yates is happy for the team to take a step back heading into the crucial weekend. "Of course it's not nice to lose it, but I have bigger ambitions. I hope to take it in Madrid, not here. It's still a long way to go," said Yates. "We don't have to control anything for the weekend, a really important part of the race." In recent days, Mitchelton-Scott have looked reluctant to take ...

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