Yates completes clean sweep for British riders in Grand Tours this season
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 16/09/18 7:19pm
Simon Yates has been confirmed as the winner of the Vuelta a Espana following Sunday’s processional final stage ride into Madrid.
Yates’ victory means British riders have now won all three of cycling’s Grand Tours this season – Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia in May, while his team-mate Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France in July.
Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Madrid to cheer home Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Yates and his fellow riders home on stage 21 of the event.
Italian rider Elia Viviani won the keenly contested sprint finish to secure his third stage victory of this year’s Vuelta, closely followed by Peter Sagan.
But the day belonged to Bury-born Yates, who claimed his first Grand Tour title in the Spanish capital.