By David Yates

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Irish Racing -

SI­MON YATES is set to com­plete a Bri­tish grand slam of Grand Tours to­day af­ter ex­tend­ing his lead in the Vuelta a Es­pana.

Yates will join Chris Froome (Giro d’Italia) and Geraint Thomas (Tour de France) in win­ning the sport’s big­gest races in 2018 with to­day’s pro­ces­sional fi­nal stage into Madrid. Never be­fore has one coun­try held all three Grand Tours with three dif­fer­ent rid­ers.

The Bury star made his de­ci­sive move with 11 miles re­main­ing in yes­ter­day’s penul­ti­mate stage, break­ing near­est chal­lenger Ale­jan­dro Valverde who dropped from se­cond to fifth in the over­all stand­ings.

Yates even­tu­ally set­tled for third place in the stage, 23secs be­hind Spain’s En­ric Mas (Quick­Step) who pipped As­tana’s Miguel An­gel Lopez.

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