Schultz stepping up to play key role for Simon Yates at Giro d’Italia

Giro d'Italia 2021 - 104th Edition - 3rd stage Biella - Canale 190 km - 10/05/2021 - Nick Schultz (AUS - Team Bikeexchange) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Nick Schultz of Team BikeExchange in the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Seconds won and lost in the opening week of the Giro d’Italia move the needle in the general classification but they don’t cause any seismic activity aboard the Team BikeExchange bus. Simon Yates, a model of equanimity in both victory and defeat, simply isn’t that kind of leader.

A week into the Giro, Yates lies in ninth overall, 49 seconds behind the maglia rosa Attila Valter (Groupana-FDJ) and 38 down on the best-placed of the favourites, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep), but there is no immediate concern among his entourage. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.