Froome on track for history in brutal Giro

Doug Mendoza
May 26, 2018

"I don't think I've ever attacked 80 kilometers from the finish, riding on my own and going all the way to the finish", Froome said.

"I was extremely exhausted and I gave everything today": Simon Yates.

Yates finished in 28th place behind defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands and four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome.

It was enough to keep his lead of 56 seconds overall on Dumoulin, with Froome fourth 3min 50sec behind his fellow Briton with four days left before the race finishes in Rome.

"But despite sporting the rainbow skin suit as world champion, last year's Giro victor was unable to overturn the 2'11" deficit he held entering the stage - leaving Yates, by far the superior climber, in pole position with three summit finishes separating the riders from the final stage to Rome.

The Team Sky rider need only safely negotiate Sunday's largely ceremonial final stage to lay his hands on a third straight Grand Tour title, following his wins at the Tour de France and La Vuelta past year.

The Team Sky rider will also become just the third man to hold all three Grand Tours, following in the footsteps of Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx.

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"I'm really happy, " Yates said shortly after crossing the line.

Dumoulin, who started the day 40 seconds down in the overall standings, launched attack after attack in the final kilometres only for Froome to hold firm.

"Tomorrow is much better for me than today".

The former world champion Tony Martin finished ahead of Dumoulin in second, while Chris Froome's fourth place on the stage suggests he can still at least target third place, although he has been anything but consistent over the past two and a half weeks. I was dying in the final 10km. "For the longer time trials that was without a doubt my best one", Yates, who finished 20th in the race against the clock through the Adige valley, said.

While Dennis topped the podium, the day belonged to Yates who cemented his grip on the maglia rosa with five days of the 101st edition of La Corsa Rosa remaining. We'll see. I have a bigger gap to the guys behind him as well - it's not only Tom.

Yates has now opened a healthy gap over the other riders pushing for victory behind Dumoulin: Pozzovivo has slipped to 3min 11sec, Froome is at nearly 4min, just ahead of Pinot, which again gives grounds for optimistim.

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