Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Yates extends Giro lead with 11th stage win, Froome slips further

Yates extends Giro lead with 11th stage win, Froome slips further

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.

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.

Going into Tuesday's stage they were in the enviable position of occupying the top two positions in the overall standings, meaning tactically they would be able to play two cards in the pink jersey race and increase the pressure on their rivals.

"That was defiantly a lot harder than I expected", Bennett said after the race. We would try to get to the right-hander at the front and then I would do what I could from there and that actually worked out perfectly.

Best of the Irish is Nicholas Roche, who remains just inside the top 50, 35.23 down on Yeats.

Coming into the race, Mitchelton-Scott had two options for the overall, Yates and Chaves.

"I'm glad to getting more time on Tom Dumoulin". Chris Froome's hopes of victory faded even further, finishing 40 seconds behind Yates and dropping out of the... That leaves the four-time Tour de France victor 23rd overall and a huge three minutes and 20 seconds off his fellow Briton. "I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can". "I certainly haven't given up hope".

Stage 12 begins on Thursday in Osimo and runs 214km to Imola. The latter two were caught with 17km to go, while Sanchez and De Marchi lasted until five km from the end.

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