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Yates Wants Giro Revenge

Yates Wants Giro Revenge

Britain’s Simon Yates wants to right the wrongs of the 2018 Giro d’Italia during next year’s race.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider looked on course to claim his first Grand Tour victory in May, as he led the Giro for 13 days, but he lost the leaders jersey on day 19 of the 21-stage race, with compatriot Chris Froome going on to claim overall glory.

Yates lost almost 39 minutes during his costly stage as Froome attacked on the Colle delle Finestre, with the error seeing the 26-year-old slip down to 17th in the general classification before he eventually ended the race in 22nd-place.

The Englishman did go on to claim his first Grand Tour success at the Vuelta a Espana later in the year, but he admits his near miss in the Giro remains fresh in the mind and he wants to right those wrongs during next year’s race, which will take place from May 11 – June 2.

“It’s a race I have great memories from but one which also left a bitter taste in my mouth,” Yates said of the Giro. “I want to go back to try to finish the job off. “The Giro is always an extremely difficult race and next year, with three time trials, it’s maybe not perfectly suited to me. We will still give it a real go and see what we can achieve.”

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