Thibaut Pinot claims second mountain victory on stage 19 of Vuelta a España 2018 as Simon Yates extends lead

The Frenchman rode alongside a dominant Simon Yates but passed the Brit in the dying moments

Thibaut Pinot took a second victory on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) claimed a second brutal mountain-top victory on stage 19 of the Vuelta a España.

The Frenchman was able to follow the strongest climbers on the Coll de la Rabassa and snuck past Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) just 200 metres from the finish to claim the win.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.