Simon Yates' prep for Giro d'Italia begins at Ruta del Sol

ALCALA LA REAL SPAIN FEBRUARY 17 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco crosses the finishing line during the 68th Vuelta A Andalucia Ruta Del Sol 2022 Stage 2 a 1506km stage from Archidona to Alcal La Real 982m 68RdS on February 17 2022 in Alcala la Real Spain Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Simon Yates of Team BikeExchange-Jayco crosses the finish line of stage 2 at Ruta del Sol (Image credit: Getty Images)

“The best news so far is that he’s had a very good winter” is how Team BikeExchange-Jayco head Sports Director Matt White sumed up the current state of play for the Australian squad’s Grand Tour contender Simon Yates.

Currently making his 2022 debut in the Ruta del Sol in Spain, Yates has looked good on both the two opening stages, finishing just 13 seconds off the pace on the steep uphill finish that decided Thursday’s second day of racing and lying l9 seconds down overall on race leader Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates).

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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.