Dominant Yates extends Giro lead

  • Dominant Yates extends Giro lead

Dominant Yates extends Giro lead

Britain's Simon Yates extended his lead at the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday by winning the 11th stage.

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.

By the time the 28-year-old Colombian crossed the line in the gruppetto, the counter was north of 25 minutes, ending any hope of Mitchelton-Scott completing an historic one-two in Rome - but ensuring that all eggs will now be put in the basket marked Yates. "I felt good all day and I'm really pleased that I took advantage of the opportunity". "That was not the plan, but if it came back I would of course try". Davide Formolo was third, five seconds behind Yates. I'm happy that I got more time on Tom.

As things stand, the point seems moot.

Simon Yates during day four of the National Time Trial Championships, Monmouthshire.

Stage 12 begins on Thursday in Osimo and runs 214km to Imola. I'm not very good in a sprint from a slow speed so I launched and I increased my speed as much as I could. "I certainly haven't given up hope".

The Mitchelton-Scott rider took his second stage win, but fellow Brit Chris Froome continues to struggle.

Fabio Aru (UAE-Emirates) fared only marginally better. He is more than three minutes behind. Aru was caught up behind a crash on the run-in to the final kick to the line, but that was perhaps a outcome of how far back he was positioned in the pink jersey group. Like Froome, he needs to do more than simply tread water in Friuli this weekend.

Once again, Bennett has come up just short of being able to keep the pace set by the top four favourites, but at the same time, has stayed composed to record another consistent finish when his other rivals faltered. He remounted and gave chase, coming home 1:05 down on Yates.

"Other teams did that for the stage win". He is 1min 04sec ahead of Thibaut Pinot in overall third. "We used up a lot of energy to stay in position because it was unsafe, and that was the most important thing". "Straight after the rest day, you don't know how the body responds". "So far, the efforts have been more for puncheurs, but from next weekend, that will be different", Pinot said.

George Bennett of New Zealand and Team LottoNL-Jumbo - during the 101th Tour of Italy 2018, Stage 9.

"But this was a long and ferocious race".