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Simon Yates wins Vuelta to complete British 2018 Grand Tour sweep

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Simon Yates wins Vuelta a Espana 2018

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the Vuelta a Espana title on Sunday to complete an unprecedented hat-trick of British Grand Tour winners in 2018.

Yates successfully defended his lead of one minute 46 seconds over second-placed Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) in the final stage of the race, a mostly processional 100.9km ride through Madrid which was won by Eli Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) finished third overall, two minutes four seconds behind, joining Mas and Yates on the podium.

Yates became the virtual winner of the Vuelta after finishing third in Saturday’s penultimate stage in the mountains of Andorra, making up for his collapse towards the end of the Giro D’Italia after wearing the pink jersey in 13 stages.

He delivered a first Grand Tour victory for the Australian-owned Mitchelton-Scott team and completed a cycle of British victories in the three Grand Tours this year after Chris Froome won the Giro in May and Geraint Thomas captured the Tour de France in July.

“It feels great. Really unbelievable, I think it’s still sinking in. I have no words, it’s just really unbelievable. I like to race on my instinct and I hope that I continue to do so and achieve more big results like today at the Vuelta a Espana”, said Yates.

Vuelta a Espana 2018 – stage 21 results (Alcorcón – Madrid):

1Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)

2:21:28

2Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)

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4Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo)

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5Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ)

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6Jon Aberasturi (Euskadi-Murias)

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7Simone Consonni (UAE Team Emirates)

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8Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)

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9Tom Van Asbroeck (EF Education First-Drapac)

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10Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)

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11Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb)

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12Tosh Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal)

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13Aritz Bagües (Euskadi-Murias)

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14Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)

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15Omar Fraile (Astana)

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16Nelson Andres Soto (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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17Francisco Ventoso (BMC)

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18Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos-BH)

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19Ivan Garcia (Bahrain-Merida)

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20Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)

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Final general classification:

1Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

82:05:58

2Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)

+01’46”

3Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

+02’04”

4Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+02’54”

5Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+04’28”

6Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+05’57”

7Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac)

+06’07”

8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+06’51”

9Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

+11’09”

10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

+11’11”

11Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)

+12’10”

12Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+14’06”

13Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

+17’57”

14Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

+25’40”

15David De La Cruz (Team Sky)

+27’38”

16Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

+30’00”

17Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias)

+35’46”

18Richard Carapaz (Movistar)

+39’53”

19Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)

+45’32”

20Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+51’17”