Mitchelton Scott rider Simon Yates has taken an another substantial step towards ultimate Giro d’Italia victory, the 25yo Brit enjoying his 3rd stage win of the 2018 edition of the race.
Boldly attacking around 18km from stage finish, Yates’ move held … the seemingly invincible young rider increasing his overall lead after enjoying a stunning solo win.
The pain on fellow riders faces was palpable as one by one names and reputations as big as Dumoulin, Froome and Aru struggled to maintain the cracking pace of the chase.
Yates now enjoys an overall lead of 2 minutes 11 seconds to Tom Dumoulin and is a further 17 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot, third overall.
Fully aware he will need every micro second of that 2-plus minute lead, Yates will now enjoy the final rest day of the 2018 Giro prior to Tuesday’s big one – the final time trial. A stage with absolutely everything at stake, the TT will be Tom Dumoulin’s best chance to erode and possibly even pinch the young Brit’s – and Mitchelton Scotts’ – precious lead.
“I am super happy and a bit emotional after today,” Yates told interviewers after the stage.
“I really gave it everything. I have a good gap, but Dumoulin could take two minutes out of me in the time trial in one stage. I have been fighting since Israel to have a good gap, I have a good gap but it could vanish in that 35 kilometres so we will see.”
General Classification After Stage 15
1. Simon Yates 65:57:37
2. Tom Dumoulin +2:11
3. Domenico Pozzovivo 2:28