Simon Yates is the first British rider to win a Grand Tour for anyone other than Team Sky, enjoying a stellar three weeks at the Vuelta a Espana to pull on the red jersey for the first time.

Just months after his Giro d’Italia heartbreak – carrying the maglia rosa until stage 19, and winning three times in pink, before fading on the final two mountain stages to tumble down the GC – Yates hit back with a brilliant all-round ride.

In a climb-heavy race, the diminutive Bury-born climber offered a signal of intent early in the first week when he finished eighth to gain time on his rivals on stage four – an “accidental attack” as he dubbed it.

He then took the race lead into the first rest day, courtesy of a ninth place finish on stage nine which left him one second clear of Alejandro Valverde after the stage to La Covatilla, despite ceding time to other rivals.

Yates held the jersey until stage 12, when Jesus Herrada reclaimed it from the breakaway, but the Brit, 26, hit back in style by winning on Les Praeres to return to red.

A third placed finish on the iconic Lagos de Covadonga followed, before an impressive 13th in the 32km time trial ensured he extended his advantage.

Into the final week, with his twin brother Adam back on top form – the ace in the pack as far as Mitchelton-Scott’s team tactics were concerned – Yates did not look back.

Adam tired out his rivals with some big pulls on the front of the GC group, and Simon accelerated into a big overall lead courtesy of finishing second in Naturlandia, Andorra, and then third on the Coll de la Gallina.

And having sealed his triumph in Madrid, the largely processional final stage, Yates becomes the fourth, and youngest, Brit to win a Grand Tour.

Take a look back at some of the key moments in the 26-year-old’s maiden Grand Tour triumph through the lens of Stefano Sirotti below.