Simon Yates wins Queen Stage of Vuelta a Andalucia, Jakob Fuglsang tops GC
Feb 24 2019 02:27 am CET

Simon Yates wins Queen Stage of Vuelta a Andalucia, Jakob Fuglsang tops GC
Simon Yates wins Queen Stage of Vuelta a Andalucia, Jakob Fuglsang tops GC
Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates has won the Queen Stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta del Sol. This is the first victory of the season for the winner of the 2018 Vuelta a España.

The fourth stage of the Spanish race was 120 kilometres long between Armilla and Granada and took the peloton over a mountainous route. Yates was part of the escape of the day that was formed by eleven riders including Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain Merida), Carlos Barbero (Movistar) and his teammate Esteban Chaves.

The Briton attacked in the third climb of the day and had the company of Pello Bilbao (Astana) and Sergio Samitier (Euskadi Murias). Soon a new group of riders that included his teammates Jack Haig and Adam Yates joined the front men.

With 26 kilometres to go, Simon made a new attack that nobody could answer and remained in the front until the finish line. Fundacion Euskadi's Sergio Higuita, Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruijswijk, Adam Yates and Astana's Ion Izagirre completed the top five of the day.

"I had better legs than the first few days, today I was feeling really good so of course, I am really happy to win," said Yates. "We wanted to make it a really hard race, Astana did most of the job on the first climb then the race kind of evolved from there over the next climbs. I'm not high up on GC so I thought I'd have a bit more freedom and we wanted to put pressure on Astana and the other teams. We didn't really want to ride behind so I went early and the selection was made and then the rest of the racing it sorted itself out.

"I never normally win this early in the season, I had a really good winter so I hope to continue that trend and keep it going."

Jakob Fuglsang arrived to the finish line in the seventh position and this was enough for him to take the lead of the overall classification. Izagirre stands in the second position at seven seconds from his teammate and Kruijswijk is at eleven seconds from the leader.






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