Simon Yates 'not surprised' by Giro d'Italia stage victory and fortified pink jersey lead

Brit extends lead with summit finish victory

Simon Yates sprints to the line on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) stands firmly on top of the Giro d'Italia's general classification after winning the Gran Sasso summit finish, but says that he is not surprised with the result.

He arrived at the press room in a fresh pink jersey after Sunday's stage. One Italian journalist asked if he knew about his new nickname – Sanguinaccio Volante – or Flying Black Pudding. Yates laughed comfortably, and said no. He can afford the light-hearted moments give his position.

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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.