Simon Yates doubles up to tighten grip on pink

Aubrey Yates
May 17, 2018

British rider Yates extended his lead in the general classification over Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the defending champion, to 41 seconds, with Frenchman Thibaut Pinot a further five seconds back in third place.

Chris Froome's hopes of winning the Giro d'Italia to add to his Tour de France and Vuelta titles took a further blow today, with the Team Sky rider distanced on the last climb and losing a further 50 seconds to Yates once the stage winner's bonus seconds are taken into account.

"We decided before the stage that we wouldn't chase for the stage, because normally in a finish like that there are some faster guys who have won before me", Yates said afterwards. But with two sprint stages ahead before a mammoth stage 14 on Saturday night, a solid grip on sixth place is an extremely advantageous spot to be in as the race starts to get serious. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".

The Englishman, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, launched an opportunistic late attack in the run-in to the finish of stage 11 in the hilltop town of Osimo.

"He was chasing me and he looked better than other days on steep finishes". "I'm going to keep fighting. I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can".

"I certainly haven't given up hope, " Froome said.

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France's Thibaut Pinot would end eight seconds adrift of Yates on the stage, which took place in the hometown of the late Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a training ride past year.

There were a number of early attacks but nothing stuck until Luis León Sánchez and Alessandro De Marchi took off.

Supported by three Mitchelton-Scott team-mates, Chaves managed to reduce the arrears to just one minute back to the main pack before his rivals combined to stretch out the lead to five minutes with still more than 80km left to ride.

Mirco Maestri and Alex Turrin made it over to the leaders with about 100km remaining and the gap hovered around 3 minutes.

Thursday's 12th stage is a flat, 214-kilometer route from Osimo to the motorsport race circuit of Imola.

The race ends in Rome on May 27.

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