'It’s difficult to say what I learned from the Giro d’Italia', says Simon Yates after taking Vuelta lead

Yates cracked while leading at the Giro, but says he still doesn't know why

Simon Yates on stage nine of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took the overall lead of the Vuelta a España by a solitary second on the stage nine finish to La Covatilla, but says it's difficult to know what he's learned from the Giro d'Italia, where he lead the race for 12 stages.

The Brit cracked while in pink at the Giro, losing the jersey to Chris Froome (Team Sky) after his 80km solo attack to the finish on stage 19.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).