thibaut pinot powers to victory on stage 15 of vuelta a españa

17:00    10 Sep 2018

Thibaut Pinot
French cyclist Thibaut Pinot won stage 15 of the 2018 Vuelta a España at the Ribera de Arriba to the Lakes of Covadonga in Spain on Sunday.

This was after the Groupama-FDJ rider escaped off the front of the leading group just under 6km from the summit of the final climb up to Lagos de Covadonga.

Pinot then finished 28sec ahead of Miguel Ángel López, while overnight leader Simon Yates crossed a further 2sec back.

"I could take advantage of the way they [the GC contenders] were marking each other so closely, and once I had 15 seconds advantage I knew I could do it," Pinot, who attacked just before the climb's hardest segment of La Huesera, said afterwards on the Cycling website.

"It was a hard-fought win, one taken a la pedale, but I wanted to get a win in the Giro, Tour and the Vuelta and now I've done that."

It's a sign of how important the stage win was to Pinot that he said he had no regrets about having lost time earlier in the Vuelta, in an echelon, because as he put it, "without having lost that time, I might not have been given such room for manouvre today."

Pinot has now completed his set of victories in all three grand tours. He climbed up from 11th up to seventh on general classification at the ongoing Vuelta a España.

Catch the 2018 Cycling show on Fox Sports 2 this afternoon (Monday, September 10) at 17h45 CAT.

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