Simon Yates sprints to stage 11 victory

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

Team Sky's Chris Froome lost more time, finishing 40 seconds down on Yates.

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.

Yates, who is competing in his first Giro, has worn the leader's jersey since the arrival at the volcanic Mount Etna in Sicily last Thursday.

Various groups were able to briefly enjoy some freedom with nearly every team represented at one time or another, before Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) on the first climb after 35km with the duo later joined by Fausto Masnada (Androni-Sidermec), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF), Alex Turrin (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia).

With 90km left, the second group gave up the chase and attention turned to the front, where Yates nipped ahead of Pinot to take the three bonus seconds from the intermediate sprint.

I was going to go for the bonus sprint because I need to gain time on Tom Dumoulin but, when I saw Thibaut Pinot getting a lead out, I went past him.

Additionally, any future attacks by Chaves - Yates' Mitchelton-Scott teammate - will no longer have to be respected as a threat by the title contenders, leaving the Australian team without a powerful potential tactic to employ.

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But with the way Yates is climbing, the contest for the maglia rosa looks set to continue deep into the final week before the race ends in Rome on 27 May.

However given the way he's climbing so far in the race then even if he is a minute back in the GC after stage 16 then you would back Yates to regain all that time loss in the mountainous final week. I guess anything we gained from the rest day has gone to s*** after 250km of suffering!, Big shout out to @koenbouwman and @RGUpdate for laying it down today. Maybe I pulled a bit more than him. "He's a steady climber so it might be harder to drop him when we get to the longer climbs". Three minutes from the leader of the General standings are only eight riders.

The 32-year-old again could not respond to the attacks of his rivals on a short, sharp climb, while key team-mate Sergio Henao was also caught up in a crash during the finale.

"I'm going to keep fighting - it's good to get the racing in my legs and I've not given up hope".

"It was the most aggressive stage I ve seen for a while", said Yates.

"I'm genuinely happy for Simon".

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