Simon Yates: 'The Giro d'Italia prologue is the worst time trial I could ever imagine'

The Mitchelton-Scott rider plans to bide his time until the third week of the Italian Grand Tour

Simon Yates (Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Simon Yates says he will be starting the Giro d'Italia on the back foot after the opening time trial, but hopes to play the long game and wait until the third week to plan his assault on the overall classification.

The Mitchelton-Scott man is one of two Brits receiving top billing as a pre-race favourite following his Tirreno-Adriatico win, hotly tipped for the maglia rosa alongside Ineos' Geraint Thomas, but expects to be making up ground following stage one.

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