Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Yates extends Giro lead with 11th stage win, Froome slips further

The team riding every kilometre of the second week of the Giro on the eve of the adventure The team riding every kilometre of the second week of the Giro on the eve of the adventure
Lucia Summers | 17 May, 2018, 17:13

After 11 stages of Simon Yates ahead of Tom Dumoulin for 47 seconds.

Yates now leads by 41 seconds from Dutchman Dumoulin, with Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ in third at 46 seconds and home hopeful Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) a minute off the lead.

"We saw with Esteban Chaves how quickly things can change for the general classification riders, so we just have to keep plugging away and keep trying to do everything we can", Froome said. He (Dumoulin) was chasing me all the way in the final there, it was an extremely hard final. He's getting better as the race goes on, and that's not good news for me'.

"There was a plan from the beginning".

Going into Tuesday's stage they were in the enviable position of occupying the top two positions in the overall standings, meaning tactically they would be able to play two cards in the pink jersey race and increase the pressure on their rivals.

"I'm not 100 per cent obviously after all the issues I've had on the right, but I'm getting there and I'm optimistic I'm going to come right".

"He is flying and I'm genuinely happy for him".

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Bennett finished 12th on the 11th stage to cling on to sixth overall.

But once Chaves was dropped, the teams of overall hopefuls, including four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome, reigning champion Tom Dumoulin, local favourite Fabio Aru and French hope Thibaut Pinot, pushed the pace in the peloton to ensure Chaves never regained contact.

British compatriot Chris Froome lost more seconds and the four-time Tour de France champion's chances of winning are all but over.

"I certainly haven't given up hope, " Froome said. "I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can".

The stage crossed through the hometown of Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi who was killed in a road accident a year ago. He looks better than the other day on the steep finishes there.

Stage 12 is a 214km ride to Imola.

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