Yates and Du­moulin tar­get Giro

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Vuelta a Es­paña win­ner Si­mon Yates will re­turn to the Giro d’italia in 2019, aim­ing to put me­mories of this year’s race be­hind him and “fin­ish the job off”.

The 26-year-old spent a full 13 days in the pink jer­sey, putting in a suc­ces­sion of dom­i­nant per­for­mances. How­ever, af­ter en­ter­ing stage 18 with a 28-sec­ond lead over Tom Du­moulin, when Chris Froome put in a mo­men­tous at­tack to win the fol­low­ing day, Yates dropped back and lost 38 min­utes.

Since then, the Mitchel­ton-scott rider from Bury has gone on to claim vic­tory of the Vuelta, and fully in­tends to carry the lessons learned into the Ital­ian race in 2019.

“The Giro is a race I have great me­mories of from this year but it was one which also left a bit­ter taste in my mouth, so I want to go back to try to fin­ish the job off,” Yates said.

“I’m al­ready work­ing hard to ar­rive in great shape and I can’t wait for the season to be­gin.”

The 2019 Giro route boasts seven sum­mit fin­ishes, plus three in­di­vid­ual time tri­als. Yates ac­knowl­edged the three TTS “are not ideal” for him but said he wanted to try any­way.

Those TTS are, how­ever, ideal for Dutch­man Tom Du­moulin, who also said this week he’ll be tar­get­ing the Ital­ian race.

“Af­ter weeks of talk­ing about it, we fi­nally de­cided the main fo­cus will be the Giro d’italia in 2019,” Du­moulin said.

“For a long time we had the Tour de France in our head but the Giro d’italia is such a nice course the com­ing year.”

Yates has un­fin­ished Giro busi­ness

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