Simon Yates says he has worked too hard with his Giro d’Italia preparations to give up now and is ready to give it all he has got. The Mitchelton-Scott rider, one of the pre-race favourites for the General Classification, lost heaps of ground on the other contenders following a hugely disappointing performance in the time trial on stage 9.
However, as the Briton points out, there is still a long way to go in this year’s race and he is not about to throw the towel in just yet. “I’ve worked too hard to just give up already, so I’ll give it everything I got,” he said speaking on Monday’s rest day.
“If I come up short, then that’s ok. We’ve still got lots of things to work on so we’ll take it from there.” With the mountains on the horizon there is an opportunity to claw it back and try and put pressure on race favourite Primoz Roglic, who has looked strong so far.
Asked if he has no choice but to attack, Yates added: “It’s not just me in that position; a lot of the other guys are down as well. Roglic is looking very, very impressive. Everybody is going to have to attack him, so I can see the race becoming very aggressive – maybe not in the sprints, but as soon as we hit the mountains.”