Yates in lead, but anxious about Dumoulin

Doug Mendoza
May 17, 2018

The overall race leader Englishman Simon Yates launched a stinging attack in the final phase of the 156km 11th stage to extend his overall lead to 47 seconds over defending champion Dutch Tom Dumoulin.

Overall leader Simon Yates produced a superb finish to win the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia and gain precious time on closest rival Tom Dumoulin ahead of next week's individual time trial.

Team Sky's Chris Froome's struggles continued, with Britain's four-time Tour de France champion now two minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader in 10th place.

Meanwhile, Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped out of the top 10 overall as he lost another 40 seconds on the Maglia Rosa. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".

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

"Thursday's 214km ride will be over a flat route from Osimo to Imola, two days before a gruelling mountain stage with a summit finish on Monte Zoncolan". Tom was chasing me all the way to the line, " Yates said.

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Yates now leads by 41sec from Dumoulin with Pinot third at 46sec. I already have a good gap to Froome. Dumoulin came the closest to getting on his wheel, but in the end, all the favourites were distanced, with third-placed Thibaut Pinot and fourth-placed Domenico Pozzovivo losing eight seconds, and fifth-placed Richard Carapaz coming in alongside Bennett, 23 seconds down.

"We just let it happen and if it came back then I would obviously go for it".

"I'm going to keep fighting, it's good to get this racing in the legs".

"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.

The stage crossed through the hometown of Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi who was killed in a road accident a year ago.

The crescendo to stage 11 ending up offering larger time gaps than expected, perhaps due to slightly exhausted legs after the race was ridden at a fast tempo all day.

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