Simon Yates fades on final climb of Giro d'Italia, but holds onto third overall

Simon Yates (BikeExchange) finishes stage 20
Simon Yates (BikeExchange) finishes stage 20 (Image credit: Getty Images SPort)

Around two kilometres from the finish of the final summit finish of the Giro d'Italia, Simon Yates' bid for a second stage win in two days and possible gains in the overall battle finally crumpled as the Briton was gapped by race leader Egan Bernal.

As Bernal’s Ineos Grenadiers teammate Daniel Martínez laid down a relentlessly high pace at the front of the tiny pink jersey group, Yates initially wobbled briefly but then moved back up to Bernal’s wheel. But a few hundred metres later, as Martínez continued to sear his way uphill at eye-watering speed, the BikeExchange rider finally gave way, and he ended up settling for sixth place on the stage.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.