Yates extends lead as Mohoric wins stage

Joanna Estrada
May 16, 2018

Yates picked up three more seconds on defending champion Tom Dumoulin by taking bonuses from the intermediate sprint, but saw Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves lose second place overall and drop out of the top 10 in a blow for his team.

Thibaut Pinot of France, who rides for Groupama-FDJ, is sitting a further five seconds back in third.

Chaves put in a hardworking display on stage nine on Sunday (May 13) before yesterday's rest day to put himself into this excellent position, but he paid for it today as he was easily overtaken by a number of riders on the first long climb of the day, meaning he never made it back to the peloton.

As the attacks petered out, Slovenian Mohoric of Bahrain-Merida stayed clear alongside AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz and had enough to hold off the German at the line.

Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won a reduced bunch sprint for third place to keep the pressure up on Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) in the battle for the maglia ciclamino after the Italian was dropped early on alongside Chaves.

"I was not confident to beat Nico Denz".

The Bahrain-Merida rider finished the 244km course, which kicked off in Penne, in a time of 6:04:52.

Chris Froome finished safely in the pack and moves up to 10th in the general classification, still two-and-a-half minutes adrift of Yates in the race for the pink jersey.

The Giro continues with stage 11 on Wednesday, another hilly stage but this time terminating with a short, sharp climb to the finish line in Osimo that includes sections of 16 per cent gradient.

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