Simon Yates: 'I wasn’t expecting time trial win'

The British climber will be looking for more stage success at Paris-Nice and the chance to assess his form against rivals also targeting victory at the Giro d’Italia

Simon Yates celebrates on the podium after victory on the Paris-Nice 2019 stage five time trial (Sunada)

Nobody had considered Simon Yates as a potential winner of the time trial at Paris-Nice, not even the Briton himself, who admitted to being wholly surprised with his victory in the 25.5-kilometre test around the small town of Barbentane, just south of Avignon.

“It was my first time trial win ever at any level. I wasn’t expecting it at all, especially given the course, which I thought was one for the specialists,” said Yates.

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