It’s still hard to believe that I’ve won La Vuelta. I was disappointed to not win the Giro but I’ve made it up. I’m in shock. I got really nervous when I went on stage. My natural habitat is on the bike… I enjoyed the moment. It was a very special one. We’ll see what my future is like. I’ll keep trying very hard to win races like La...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “Yes, I’ve made it! It’s still sinking in. I’m incredibly proud. I’m also incredibly proud of the team. They’ve carried me for these entire three weeks. It’s the first Grand Tour for the team. It’s just unbelievable. Adam (Yates) was running out of legs (when he attacked in the penultimate climb)...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I haven’t won La Vuelta yet. I’m very wary of tomorrow. We saw today what can happen in just one day. I try to stay focus now. Of course I enjoyed today but it’s not over until it’s over. I felt good which is why I tried. The team did a fantastic job again. Jack (Haig) did a good ride to really set me up before I...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was a very calm day, the easiest so far at La Vuelta. And then we had a very fast finale, so I tried to stay at the front to be safe. Alejandro Valverde and Enric Mas are both very classy bike riders. I expect them to be very active to try and win the race. I think we have the strongest team now so I expect to have the most guys in the...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “There’s still a lot of racing to come, hard stages ahead. The gaps are still small behind me. Nobody really attacked in the climb. My brother Adam was riding. Alejandro (Valverde) went at the beginning but we had the guys to cover his move with Jack (Haig) and Adam. Lopez went with 1.5km to go but again Adam closed him down. Alejandro...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I’m happy with my performance. I extended my lead so as far as I’m concerned it was a very good ride. I was not worried about today because I’m slowly improving in my time-trial. I’ve worked a lot. I’m not afraid of time-trials and I actually quite enjoy them. But we have a long way to go. I’m wary of...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “It was a very strong attack from Pinot. He came from behind with a lot of power, a lot of speed. I can only congratulate him, it was a great move. It was difficult in the last climb. There was zero cooperation (with Quintana and Lopez) so it was difficult to do anything. There was a little bit of headwind as well so if you opened a gap it...
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott): “I’m still the same rider I was at the Giro, with the same name, the only difference is the preparation. The idea is to improve as the race goes rather than be at the top from the beginning. I didn’t know the final climb, I only saw a video and then some pictures this morning. I rode conservative at the beginning because I didn’t...
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