Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Irish Cyclist Sam Bennett Claims Famous Victory At The Giro D'Italia

Irish Cyclist Sam Bennett Claims Famous Victory At The Giro D'Italia

Sam Bennett timed his sprint to perfection to win the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia, while British rider Simon Yates remained in the overall lead as the race went over to the Italian mainland on Friday.

The Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates, wearing the leader's pink jersey, crossed just ahead of France's Thibaut Pinot and Esteban Chaves, of Colombia, at an altitude of 2,135 metres.

Richard Carapaz became the first ever Grand Tour stage victor from Ecuador today when bursting clear with two kilometres to go of stage eight at the Giro d'Italia in Montevergine.

The battle for the honours was now on with Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) piling attack upon attack in the final two kilometres, but they were chased repeatedly by Pinot with Yates and Chaves on his wheel. "On the other hand, some guys lost time - Chris Froome, maybe it was from the crashes, maybe he's got no form, I don't know".

Aside from needing to make up ground on the pink jersey, Froome who is now 11th, also trails defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by one minute and 49 seconds.

Team Sky's four-time Tour de France champion suffered a high-speed crash while out practising on the morning of the opening-day time trial in Jerusalem on May 4. But he struggled at the end of the 225K (140-mile) route from Pesco Sannita up to Gran Sasso d'Italia and finished well down.

"[Froome] said he wanted to ride into it and be really good in the last week but if you lose three minutes in the first week or whatever then it's pretty hard to come back".

Dumoulin is a further six seconds behind. It looks different to how it would normally look if we were on the front with the leader's jersey every day, it's going to look different when we don't have the leader's jersey. "And that's something that I hope today's rest day will help compensate for that a little bit", Froome continued.

'We have two more weeks coming up and hopefully we have some better days, ' he said.

Tomorrow the Giro d'Italia will hold the second rest day. "Let's hope that we can quickly forget this stage".

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