The 26-year-old rode to his second place on friday on the 19. The rider, who is 1:07 minutes ahead of his closest rival alejandro valverde, is now 1:38 minutes ahead of the spanish champion with two stages to go. Frenchman thibaut pinot took the stage win in the 154.4-kilometer climb from lleida to naturlandia in andorra. Dutchman steven kruijswijk finished third.
Yates could hardly be denied his first major victory in the tour, after he had already looked like a sure winner in this year’s giro d’italia before he collapsed in the third-last stage. Overall third is 1:58 minutes behind kruijswijk.
Emanuel buchmann from ravensburg could not keep up with the pace of the top riders on the final climb and had to let him drift away. The bora-hansgrohe rider lost 2:20 minutes and remains the overall leader. He is about 90 seconds off tenth place. Another mountain stage follows on saturday before the vuelta ends in madrid on sunday.