Yates pro­tects lead, poised to win Span­ish Vuelta

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

English rider Si­mon Yates is poised to win his first Grand Tour ti­tle af­ter he suc­cess­fully de­fended his lead in the Span­ish Vuelta through Satur­day’s 20th stage.

Yates will take his ad­van­tage of 1 minute, 46 sec­onds, over En­ric Mas into the fi­nal stage, when race cus­tom dic­tates the rid­ers don’t attack the race lead­ers on the tra­di­tional ar­rival to Madrid.

“I’ve made it! It’s still sinking in,” said Yates, who rides for Mitchel­ton-Scott.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly proud. I’m also in­cred­i­bly proud of the team. They’ve car­ried me for th­ese en­tire three weeks. It’s the first Grand Tour for the team. It’s just un­be­liev­able.”

Mas moved into sec­ond place over­all with the stage vic­tory. The Spa­niard edged Miguel An­gel Lopez of Colombia in the short but in­cred­i­bly de­mand­ing 60mile route in the tiny na­tion of An­dorra tucked in the Pyre­nees. Rid­ers faced a con­stant up-and-down route over six cat­e­go­rized climbs in­clud­ing a fin­ish atop the be­yond-cat­e­gory Coll de la Gal­lina.

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