Simon Yates steps up Giro preparations with Tour of the Alps triumph

Simon Yates wrapped up overall victory at the Tour of the Alps as Felix Grossschartner won the final stage in to Riva del Garda.

Yates crossed the line in a much-reduced peloton to retain his 58-second advantage over Spaniard Pello Bilbao of Bahrain-Victorious, with Hugh Carthy of EF Education-Nippo using the final stage to move up to fifth overall.

Bora-Hansgrohe’s Grossschartner took a solo win with an attack from the day’s breakaway on the 121km stage from Valle del Chiese, while Ireland’s Nicolas Roche was second across the line 34 seconds later, just ahead of the group including Yates.

Yates, the 28-year-old Team BikeExchange rider was using this race as his final warm-up for the Giro d’Italia, which begins in Sicily in two weeks’ time. “It’s really fantastic,” he said of his win. “The team did a great job today, they really controlled the start and rode all day and in the final were fantastic again.

“It was a short day, there wasn’t so much action in the [general classification] but it was a really hard day with a lot of stress in the peloton and with that fast descent to the finish it was always nervous. I feel good. Now I just need to look after myself, try not to get sick, and take it from there.”