Despite some bad luck in stage 4‘s fraught uphill finale to Caltagirone, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) battled back to take fourth on the stage and move into third overall, continuing his excellent start to the Giro d’Italia this year.
And in Mitchelton-Scott’s management, considering what is on the Giro d’Italia menu in the next few days, there is a growing sense of anticipation at what Yates could achieve in the Giro d’Italia.
“For Etna, Tom [Dumoulin] and Yatesy are the two best placed GC guys,” Mitchelton-Scott director Matt White told Cyclingnews after stage 4. “We’ll take it day by day, but it’s a nice start.”
White explained that Yates’ strong showing came despite getting caught behind when a rider ahead of him began to falter.
“Jack Haig and Esteban Chaves were first and second through the [final] corner and a Bora guy, going fifth wheel, lost that wheel,” White said.
“Four riders went away, and Yates was in a group behind. He got caught behind, then he had to bridge across, and when he got there, just at that point, [Tim] Wellens went.”
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