'Podium still within reach' for Simon Yates who accepts Giro d'Italia victory is beyond him now

Yates lost time on the bitterly cold stage 16 despite encouraging signs two days prior on the Zoncolan

Simon Yates on stage 16 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia
(Image credit: Getty)

Simon Yates says the maglia rosa is now beyond him at the Giro d'Italia, after losing time on stage 16, and will now aim to take a podium spot, which is still "well within reach".

“It was a difficult stage, not what I was looking for, but I did my best," the BikeExchange rider said after the finish. "The victory is a bit far away now, but the podium is still well within reach, so we’ll keep the head up, keep the chin up and go from there."

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