The Briton had a roller coaster Giro d’Italia, struggling lightly in week one but reaching top conditions in week three and making significant forays into the overall lead held by Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers). He also won a solo stage on Friday at Alpe di Mera, before losing ground on the last mountain stage on Saturday.This was followed by an uneventful 30.3 kilometer individual time trial to Milan. Yates placed 51st and lost 1:19 to fourth GC driver Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech) in the final stage, but a gap of nearly four minutes early in the day allowed Yates to easily hold onto enough advantage to stay. on the general podium. He finished at 4:15 over Bernal in the competition for the pull rose and 2:46 behind Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious), second.
This is Yates’ best Giro result and his second time on the overall Grand Tour podium, having won the Vuelta a España in 2018. He also has a seventh in the Tour de France, dating from 2017 when he won the youth ranking. , and should now look for more stage victories on the Tour, en route to Tokyo, to add to the two he won in 2019.
“First it’s a holiday I can guarantee he will pack his bags and start a good break on Monday,” said Team BikeExchange sporting director Matt White. Cyclismenews.
“Then we’ll sit down, see how he got out of the Giro. But obviously for Simon, a big goal for him is to win the Olympics. And it is very likely that you will see it at the Tour.
White denied that for Yates, a third place at the Giro was a way to end an unfinished sports affair, having lost the race almost in sight of Milan in 2018.
“People always forget him, but he won the Vuelta three months after winning the Giro. So the line in the sand has been definitely drawn by that, ”White said.
“We’ve had different approaches to preparation, and you’re learning from your mistakes, and he’s also won several Tour de France stages since then. Then last year, he didn’t have the opportunity to do anything in the Giro because he caught COVID during the race.
“A lot of water has flowed under the bridges since 2018 and it started with the victory of the Vuelta. We have learned a lot over the years. He has had a very consistent performance this week and he should be proud.
Yates was just as optimistic after finishing the Giro.
“I have no regrets, I ran into two guys who were better, that’s all. I did my best every day, ”said Yates, 28, in Milan after finishing.
Yates confirmed that he had some “little problems” in the colder stages of the first part of the race, when his body was not responding as expected. “But it’s one of those things, and you have to deal with it the best you can,” he said.
After fighting so hard for his stage victory on Friday, Yates said he paid the price for his efforts the next day. But to triumph in a Grand Tour, he told himself, whether you’re having a bad day or not, you have to be good for three weeks.
“Egan showed himself the strongest day after day, which is why he won. Caruso was really strong, and he showed that yesterday [Saturday]. The third was the best I could do.