Mitchelton-Scott 'have to hold back' Simon Yates in bid to claim Vuelta a España crown

The 26-year-old Brit is back at the top of the three-week race, but he still has a mountain to climb

Simon Yates on stage 15 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mitchelton-Scott are holding back "a naturally aggressive" Simon Yates in his quest to win the Vuelta a España next week in Madrid.

Yates leads the Spanish Grand Tour, but team bosses worry that the 26-year-old Brit could use too much too soon against rivals like Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

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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.