Vuelta a Espana 2018: Simon Yates set to win his first Grand Tour

Simon Yates

Yates crosses the finish line on stage 20, knowing he has won the race

Britain’s Simon Yates will win a first Grand Tour after finishing third on the Vuelta a Espana’s penultimate stage.

Yates leads stage 20 winner Enric Mas by one minute 46 seconds with Sunday’s processional race to Madrid to come.

Tradition dictates the race leader is not attacked on the final stage so he just needs to cross the line to win.

It means British riders will hold all three Grand Tour titles after Chris Froome won the 2018 Giro d’Italia and Geraint Thomas took the Tour de France.

And Yates’ victory will be the fifth Grand Tour triumph in a row for Britain after Froome also won last year’s Tour and Vuelta.

The 26-year-old MItchelton-Scott rider come close to winning one of the sport’s three-week races in May when he led the Giro going into stage 19. However, he was undone by Froome’s stunning solo ride as the Team Sky rider won a sixth Grand Tour.

Fears of a repeat at the Vuelta were quickly quashed with Yates riding a more measured race.

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