yates reflects on unexpected time trial win

15:30    15 Mar 2019

Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott rider Simon Yates recorded a career first time trial victory on Paris-Nice stage five on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Brit set a good time early on in the 25.5km trial around Barbentane, and it proved to be enough as he held on for the win. The 2018 Vuelta a España winner shared his surprise in the result in the aftermath:

"It's unexpected," Yates told the race website.

"It's my first ever victory in a time trial, even as a youth cyclist."

Polish cyclist Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) leads the overall standings heading into Friday's stage 6, that will take the riders on a 176.5km trip through hills and climbs between Peynier and Brignoles.

Simon is the bother of Adam Yates who on Thursday took the leaders jersey at the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy, just a few minutes after Simon's success.

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