After heartache of his four previous attempts the Briton feels this year’s course suits him, he tells John Westerby
Yates celebrates after winning stage eight of Paris-Nice last month The plotlines that have developed around Simon Yates’s involvement in the Giro d’Italia in recent years have something of the soap opera about them. He has ridden the first grand tour of the season four times and the emotions he has experienced could mirror the wildly undulating profile of one of the Giro’s most exacting mountain stages.
On his first attempt, in 2018, he emerged as a surprise contender and wore the Maglia Rosa for much of the race, before cracking on the lower slopes of the Colle delle Finestre midway through the final week, watching Chris Froome surge clear to claim a spectacular win. A year later, he entered the race as the favourite and looked in princely form in the early stages, only
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