British cyclist Simon Yates is set to win his first Grand Tour after finishing third on a dramatic penultimate stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
Spain’s Enric Mas and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez finished first and second and forced themselves onto the general classification podium with one stage remaining with Yates 23 seconds back.
But the Michelton-Scott rider extended his overall lead in the race to 1 minute 46 seconds after Alejandro Valverde and Steven Kruijswijk tumbled off the podium after being broken on the final climb of the 97km stage.
With Sunday’s final stage a procession with traditionally no attacking, Yates needs to simply complete the race to Madrid to win the red jersey.
It will mean Great Britain will hold all three of cycling’s Grand Tours at the same time for the first time in history – after Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia in May and Geraint Thomas claimed the Tour de France in July.
Source BBC News