Simon Yates came up the hard way and is making the Giro seem easy | Richard Williams

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A Briton is leading the Giro d’Italia but not the one who was expected to and the 25-year-old is doing it with an air of utter confidence

Simon Yates launched his first big move when the riders of the Giro d’Italia were toiling up the slopes of Mount Etna. Sitting calmly in the wheels near the front of a large group full of big names, he waited until the finish line was a kilometre-and-a-half away. Then, with a quiet smoothness, he accelerated out of the bunch and simply glided away.

Ahead lay only his team-mate Esteban Chaves, who had escaped with 25km to go. As he rode up to the Colombian, Yates knew he had done enough to put himself in the leader’s pink jersey. Crossing the line first would bring a bonus of 10 seconds, against six seconds for second place. With the end of the final stage in Rome still more than a fortnight away, those four seconds may turn out to be crucial.

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Written by Richard Williams
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/14/giro-di-italia-simon-yates-leading-dumoulin-froome under the title “Simon Yates came up the hard way and is making the Giro seem easy | Richard Williams”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.