Monday 19 November 2018

Giro leader Yates still wary of Dumoulin surge

Simon Yates celebrates his stage win after a gruelling uphill finish. Photo: Getty Images
Simon Yates celebrates his stage win after a gruelling uphill finish. Photo: Getty Images

Tom Cary

Another day, another brilliant stage win for Britain's Simon Yates. Another few precious seconds gained on his nearest rival, Tom Dumoulin, the 2017 Giro champion.

Dumoulin (Sunweb), the world time trial champion, is expected to take at least 90 seconds out of Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in Tuesday's time trial in Trento.

The Bury rider, who leads by 48 seconds, will then have a three further opportunities in the mountains before the finish in Rome a week on Sunday, to claw back whatever time he gives up.

Yesterday's win on stage 11, from Assisi to Osimo, was another wonderful demonstration in the art of finishing from the 2013 points race champion who is so much more than just a climber. Yates is a racer.

The 25-year-old said: "I would prefer to be getting more time on Tom. He's getting better as the race goes on, and that's not good news for me."

Chris Froome, meanwhile, dropped out of the top 10 once again.

The Team Sky rider's deficit now stands at 3min 20sec. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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