Pinot wins stage 19 as Yates stretches overall of Vuelta lead
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.