2018 vuelta a espana champion yates in shock after winning first grand tour

17:00    17 Sep 2018

British cyclist Simon Yates won his first Grand Tour title after a largely ceremonial ride into Madrid, Spain in the final stage of the 2018 Vuelta a Espana over the weekend.

The 26-year-old beat Spain's Enric Mas and Colombia's Miguel Angel Lopez to the title. He also completed a clean sweep of British victories in this year's Grand Tours.

Mitchelton-Scott rider followed Chris Froome's victory in the Giro and Geraint Thomas' win in the Tour - the first time that three different riders from the same country had won the three Grand Tours in a single season.

“It feels great. Really unbelievable, I think it’s still sinking in,” Yates told The Telegraph.

“I have no words, it’s just really unbelievable. I like to race on my instinct and I hope that I continue to do so and achieve more big results like today at the Vuelta a Espana.

“The day I won on stage 14 is probably my favourite moment from the race, getting your hands in the air, there’s no feeling like winning a bike race and that will hold a special place, but also the first stage in Andorra,” he continued.

“That was the first day I laid everything on the line to try and win this race and I managed to get a bit of a gap and you start to believe that you may have it, so those two days really stand out for me.


Yates, who was born in Bury, Greater Manchester, England, finished 21st at this year’s Giro d’Italia in May.

“I came back from real heartbreak from the Giro d’Italia and I am still in shock that I’ve managed to pull it off and it will take a while for it to sink in just what we’ve accomplished,” he explained.

“I get really nervous up on the stage but it was a very special moment that I will cherish forever.”

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