Yates set to win first Grand Tour after extending lead in La Vuelta

Simon Yates is set to complete a British grand slam of Grand Tours after extending his lead in La Vuelta a España on Saturay's penultimate stage in Andorra.
Yates will join Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas in conquering the sport's major three-week races in 2018 when he completes Sunday's largely processional stage into Madrid.
'Finally I think it's sinking in,' said Yates, 26. 'I'm incredibly proud, and incredibly proud of the team also, they carried me through the entire three weeks.
'It's the first Grand Tour win for the team — it's unbelievable.'
The Bury rider settled for third place on yesterday's stage, finishing 23 seconds behind Spaniard Enric Mas, who pipped Miguel Angel Lopez in a sprint finish to move up to second place general classification, one minute and 46 seconds adrift of Yates.
Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who started the day as Yates' nearest challenger, struggled up the final climb and ultimately dropped from second to fifth in the overall standings.
Valverde had failed to follow Yates when the Mitchelton-Scott rider attacked with 17km of the stage remaining, taking Mas with him as they sought to reel in the leading pair of Lopez and Nairo Quintana.

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