Pinot wins stage 19 but Yates increases Vuelta lead

Britain’s Simon Yates took command of the Vuelta a Espana after finishing second on stage 19 to increase his lead to one minute 38 seconds.

The 26-year-old, bidding to become only the second Briton to win the Vuelta after Chris Froome in 2017, was 25 seconds clear before Friday’s stage.

A superb burst saw him go clear, before Thibaut Pinot won the 154.5km stage from Lleida to Coll de la Rabassa.

Nearest rival Alejandro Valverde lost ground after finishing eighth.

Saturday’s racing sees a 97km run across the mountains, before Sunday’s closing from Alcorcon to Madrid.

More to follow.

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