Simon Yates: We made a plan for the stage and it worked out perfectly

Yates moved up to fourth in GC at the Vuelta after his team executed a plan to help him attack on the queen stage

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Simon Yates, who jumped from seventh to fourth overall in the Vuelta a España on Saturday in the Col d'Aubisque stage, says that team Orica-BikeExchange made a plan and executed perfectly.

During the race's visit to France on Saturday, Yates attacked on the penultimate climb, put the team's rivals on the back foot and gained time. The move worked in leader Esteban Chaves's favour, but Yates gained the most.

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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.