Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates cuts to the chase at Mount Etna

For Simon Yates, the maglia rosa. For Esteban Chaves, the stage victory. Mitchelton-Scott could not have asked for more atop Mount Etna on stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia. Two teammates, two races within a race, and two prizes.

Two very different personalities, too. While Chaves flashed his megawatts smile atop the podium and playfully tossed his bouquet of flowers to the tifosi below, Yates’ body language was more restrained, though his smile was no less genuine.

In the press tent by the finish area, Chaves retold the story of his dramatic stage victory in considerable detail in Spanish, Italian and English. Yates was more perfunctory in recounting his journey to the pink jersey, though the lack of loquaciousness should not be mistaken for a lack of substance.


The Briton was frank and to the point when asked to outline his principal goal on this Giro.

“To win, of course,” Yates said.

“The overall?” his interviewer continued.

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