• Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates puts on the red jersey after stage 11 of the (Getty)Source: Getty
Simon Yates and his team happily surrendered the red jersey to Cofidis' Jesus Herrada on Stage 12 of the 2018 La Vuelta a Espana.
Cycling Central

7 Sep 2018 - 10:18 AM 

With the road now heading upwards, Mitchelton-Scott made a conscious move to save energy and let the break off the leash.

The team's decision to allow Herrada into the jersey was made in accordance with its pre-race plan to contain Yates' and the team's effort. 

“We couldn't control everything again. There was a lot of tired guys in the peloton today so sometimes you have to take a bit of a risk but that's how it is," Yates said. 

“We decided not to really chase anyone today, we were just going to ride to keep it at a decent gap and that’s what we did. Now we don’t have to control anything before the weekend, it's a really important part of the race.”

“We rode to try and keep the breakaway at a reasonable gap and the guys did a really good job. 

"But now we’re looking forward to the race starting for real, which is tomorrow. I am feeling good so now I’ve just got to try and recover before then.”

Wily veteran Alejandro Valverde wasn't as happy Herrada now leads the race as he no longer sees a chance for himself to enjoy a stint in red. But after the Movistar rider expressed frustration yesterday at what he saw as a lack of cooperation from Mitchelton-Scott, he was a bit cheerier on that front. 

"Today Mitchelton has pulled but there were very strong riders in the breakaway and it was hard to control. It was a very strong break. In the end, we pulled to finish as close as possible.”

“Tomorrow I don’t think Jesus (Herrda) will lose much time at La Camperona, I don’t think I can take the red jersey. I hope there won’t be too many gaps, and if there are that they will favour us." 

Strap in to your couch for Stage 13 of the 2018 La Vuelta a Espana tonight live from 11.10pm on SBS Viceland, our website or via Twitter. 

La Vuelta apologises for post-race crash
The La Vuelta a Espana organisation issued an apology following a crash at the finish of Stage 12.