Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates shares thoughts on 2019 route

The Brit won his first Grand Tour in Spain this year, but what does he make of the coming race?

Simon Yates on the final podium of the 2018 Vuelta a España ( BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Reigning Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates has shared his thoughts after the unveiling of the 2019 route.

Yates, who took his maiden Grand Tour victory in Spain this year, recently announced plans to return to the Giro d’Italia after a dramatic 2018 attempt.

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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.