Simon Yates: 'We took a risk with Pinot, we can't control everything'

Thibaut Pinot escaped in the breakaway on stage 11 of the Vuelta a España, sitting in the virtual lead as Mitchelton-Scott chased behind

Adam Yates on stage 11 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) learned his lesson in the Giro d'Italia, that he cannot try to defend the Vuelta a España's red leader's jersey at all costs.

On Wednesday, the young but experienced Englishman and his team calculated the gaps to an attack by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). They saw their lead shrink, but were prepared to let it to go to Pinot if needed.

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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.