'We're not here to make excuses, Yates couldn't follow', says Mitchelton-Scott director

Simon Yates' Giro hopes took a big blow on stage 13, although his team say it isn't lost yet

Simon Yates on stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) just "couldn't follow" his 2019 Giro d'Italia rivals on the first summit finish at Lago Serrù. He lost 2-03 minutes, but the team is not trying to make excuses.

After finishing stage 13 above 2,200 meters, the race still has eight stages to cover. Yates slipped behind early, moving to 5-49 minutes behind top favourite Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.