Simon Yates says 'I'll always give it a crack' after relentless day at Ruta del Sol

BAZA SPAIN FEBRUARY 19 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco attacks in the breakaway during the 68th Vuelta A Andalucia Ruta Del Sol 2022 Stage 4 a 167km stage from Cllar Vega to Baza 836m 68RdS on February 19 2022 in Baza Spain Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Simon Yates on the move during a day of non-stop action at the Ruta del Sol (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

Time and again during the fraught finale of stage 4 of the Ruta del Sol, the blue clad figure of Simon Yates (Bike Exchange-Jayco) could be seen in the thick of the action in a performance which may have brought few rewards on the day, but which bodes well for the future.

One of 15 riders who managed to shed the former yellow jersey Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates) on the early brace of first category climbs, Yates was constantly on the move on the relentlessly lumpy terrain that followed.

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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.