'I was dying a thousand deaths' to stay in pink in the time trial, says Simon Yates

Yates says he had to put in the time trial of his life to preserve his pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates at the 2018 Giro d'Italia stage 16 time trial (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) says he "was dying a thousand deaths" in the most crucial stage of his Giro d'Italia bid.

Yates successfully defended his pink jersey lead another day with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the time trial world champion, nipping at his heels. He lost, but only 1-15 minutes to Dumoulin over the 34.2 kilometres from Trento down the valley to Rovereto.

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