Pinot wins stage 19 as Yates stretches over­all of Vuelta lead

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

French rider Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) picked up his sec­ond stage win of the Vuelta a Es­paña on Fri­day, win­ning stage 19 in An­dorra.

He and over­all leader Si­mon Yates (Mitchel­ton-Scott) dropped the other rid­ers on the fi­nal climb, with Pinot hit­ting the line five sec­onds clear of the Bri­ton.

Yates took time out of his main ri­vals and ex­tended his ad­van­tage over clos­est com­peti­tor Ale­jan­dro Valverde (Mo­vis­tar).

He is now one minute 38 sec­onds ahead of the Spa­niard and, bar­ring dis­as­ter on Satur­day’s fi­nal moun­tain stage, looks set to take his first Grand Tour ti­tle.

How­ever he re­mains cau­tious, mind­ful that he cracked in the fi­nal week of this year’s Giro d’Italia while in the race lead.

“We will en­joy this mo­ment but it is not over for an­other day,” he said.

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