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Simon Yates makes ground on leaders at La Vuelta

Benjamin King rides home at La Vuelta for Dimension Data
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Simon Yates makes ground on leaders at La Vuelta as Ben King records rare stage win for Team Dimension Data

  •  Simon Yates closed the lead of race leader Michael Kwiatkowski on stage four
  • Team Sky’s Kwiatkowski lost 27 seconds to the Briton on climb to Alfacar 
  • Yates is now 10 seconds from Emanuel Buchman, who is seven secs off red jersey

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Simon Yates dusted off his Giro d’Italia playbook as he used a late attack to close the gap on the leader’s red jersey in La Vuelta while Ben King recorded a rare victory for Team Dimension Data on stage four.

Bury rider Yates lit up the Giro in May when his attacking style was rewarded with three stage wins and 13 days in the leader’s pink jersey.

He promised to employ similar tactics in the final Grand Tour of the season and was as good as his word as he put in a dig on the climb up to Alfacar.

Benjamin King rides home at La Vuelta for Dimension Data's first stage win since February

Benjamin King rides home at La Vuelta for Dimension Data’s first stage win since February

The Mitchelton-Scott rider took 27 seconds out of Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski to cut his deficit overall to 10 seconds, leaving him third overall behind Bora-Hansgrohe’s Emanuel Buchman who is seven seconds off red.

King took the stage victory out of the breakaway, giving the injury-ravaged Dimension Data team their first major win since Mark Cavendish’s victory on stage three of the Dubai Tour in February.

The American King began the final climb in the virtual race lead with the remaining riders in the breakaway enjoying a lead of more than five minutes over the main group of favourites.

That gap tumbled but as the road levelled out near the summit, King was able to outsprint Astana’s Nikita Stalnov for his first career Grand Tour stage win.

‘I set winning a Grand Tour stage as a goal for myself at the beginning of this year,’ King said. ‘It’s just something that I have to keep believing that I have the potential. It’s really affirming. Myself and my wife have sacrificed so much to make this happen.’

This has cut his deficit overall to 10 seconds, leaving him third overall behind Bora-Hansgrohe’s Emanuel Buchman who is seven seconds off red.

King took the stage victory out of the breakaway, giving the injury-ravaged Dimension Data team their first major win since February. 

Mark Cavendish’s victory on stage three of the Dubai Tour seven months ago was their last taste of success on the road.

The American King began the final climb in the virtual race lead with the final riders in the breakaway enjoying a lead of more than five minutes over the main group of favourites.

Mitchelton–Scott rider Yates gained 27 seconds on race leader Michael Kwiatkowski

Mitchelton–Scott rider Yates gained 27 seconds on race leader Michael Kwiatkowski

Mitchelton–Scott rider Yates gained 27 seconds on race leader Michael Kwiatkowski

 

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