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Giro d'Italia 2018: I'll come back stronger, says Simon Yates

Yates: I'll come back stronger

28/05/2018 at 17:48Updated 28/05/2018 at 18:48

"I'm extremely tired, as everybody else is in this peloton" Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates told Cyclingnews in Rome at the conclusion of what has been an extraordinary Giro d'Italia for the 25-year-old British rider.

"Of course I was disappointed," said Yates, 25, "but I always look for the positive straight away, so for me it's okay.

"I'm still only young – or youngish – so I'll come back and adjust certain tactics or whatever it is that I've done in this Giro, and try to come back stronger."

Yates' Mitchelton-Scott directeur sportif, Matt White, meanwhile, stood outside the team bus in the Italian capital and told Cyclingnews that he was extremely proud of how Yates and the whole team had ridden the race.

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As for where it may have all unravelled, White agreed that Yates had indeed given the time trial on stage 16 everything he had, but that the third week as a whole had taken its toll.

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"If you look at it on paper," summed up White, "there was a rest day, a TT day, a flat day – which should have been for a breakaway, and which should have been quite easy – and then you went into the mountains. But that just all caught up with a few people – Simon included."