The main characters of the story are brothers, Anthony and Torrie, the narrator. They come to the field to compete in throwing rocks into cans and bottles. Anthony wins as he hits more targets, while the narrator loses.
Read more about sharing. Tradition dictates the race leader is not attacked on the final stage so he just needs to cross the line to win.
Only twice before have riders from the same country won all three races in a season, but this is the first time it has been done by different people. But there was to be no repeat at the Vuelta as Yates coolly kept the red jersey with a solid ride through Andorra.
Yates was Winners go first to sit in the peloton in the early stages as a group of 15 riders broke clear, with Thomas de Gendt the chief aggressor as he picked up points in his successful quest to win the King of the Mountains jersey.
The first significant attacks came on the second ascent of the Coll de Beixalis with Miguel Angel Lopez, who started the day more than two minutes behind Yates, jumping clear. However, Yates, who was being superbly paced by twin brother and team-mate Adam, refused to chase, preferring to climb at a more steady rate and all the favourites reached the summit together.
Nairo Quintana, the Vuelta champion, attacked on the descent and was joined by Lopez on the subsequent ascent of Coll de la Comella. However, the Colombians were unable to build a decisive lead and when Simon Yates attacked with 17km remaining, he was able to also drag Mas over to make a leading quartet.
When asked why he attacked at that stage, Yates said his brother "was running out of legs". I gave it everything I had and thankfully it was enough. Quintana dropped back to try to pace Movistar team-mate Valverde, leaving Yates, Mas and Lopez at the front.
While year-old Mas and Lopez realised the need to push on in an effort to secure a podium spot, Yates seemed content to let them go and ride his own tempo to the finish. He crossed the finish line 23 seconds back after Mas beat Lopez to the line and also to second place overall.
He had lost a few seconds on stage two but got them back and more by finishing eighth at the top of the Puerto de Alfacar to climb up to third overall.
He took control of the red jersey in rather fortuitous fashion on stage nine. He had slipped 14 seconds behind Valverde after the year-old Spaniard won stage eight.
But Yates finished ninth on a day when Ben King won out of the breakaway to move ahead of Valverde by one second and take the lead. The jersey was lost on stage 12 in what appeared to be a planned move with Yates saying his Mitchelton-Scott team "decided not to really chase anyone".
He reclaimed it with victory on the climb of La Camperona on stage The time trial on stage 16 threatened to be a stumbling block but Yates was the quickest of all the general classification contenders, taking another seven seconds out of Valverde.
His second lead over the Vuelta champion may have looked in threat but fears of a Giro-style meltdown were quashed on stage 19 when he attacked on the final climb to beat Valverde by more than a minute.May 17, · For the first time in the organization's history, Miss America will be led entirely by women -- and they're all former pageant winners.
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