Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Two riders tumbled out of the top 10, with Michael Woods losing 65 seconds, while Chris Froome's horror Giro continued, losing 40 seconds.

Yates acted with a burst in the final 1500 metres to finish two seconds ahead of defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) with Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe) third at the end of the 156km route from Assisi to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.

Bennett headed into the day 1m 36s behind stage victor and pink jersey holder Simon Yates, but he now sits 2m 9s behind the Brit after his progress was stalled after he broke his chain on the final climb and had to change his bike.

As he had on Tuesday, when he gained bonus seconds at an intermediate sprint, Yates made the most of any chance to extend his lead. Each has won a stage, but the Briton is now the undisputed team leader after the Colombian fell away today.

"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".

Of greater concern to Yates is the form of Dumoulin who, although beaten yesterday, proved the only rider capable of staying relatively close to the 25-year-old, chasing him doggedly all the way to the line and finishing just two seconds behind.

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"He's getting better as the race goes on".

"I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds", he added.

Pinot is third overall at 1min 4sec behind, with Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo a further 14 seconds back.

Race favourite Froome again lost steam in the final climb with the four-time Tour de France victor finishing in 42nd position, some 40 seconds behind Yates.

Stage 12 begins on Thursday in Osimo and runs 214km to Imola.


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