Simon Yates ‘ecstatic’ with time gains but mindful of ‘bigger picture’ at Giro d’Italia

After an ultra-predictable victory for Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on Friday’s opening stage of the Giro d’Italia, Saturday’s time trial produced one of the race’s biggest surprises of recent years as Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) claimed the second TT win of his career and simultaneously delivered a major psychological blow to the opposition.

One indication of the scale of the surprise of Yates’ win was the mass stampede of Giro in the finishing enclosure in hot pursuit of a first quote from Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma) after the Dutchman claimed the provisional best time on the stage.

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