Tuesday 17 September 2019

Yates extends lead as Chaves is caught cold

Simon Yates. Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro
Simon Yates. Photo: Daniel Dal Zennaro

Tom Cary

Simon Yates managed to extend his overall lead at the Giro d'Italia by a handful of seconds on stage 10 by winning an intermediate sprint. But it was the dramatic loss of time suffered by his Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves which was of greater note - and which could ultimately affect Yates's chances of winning the maglia rosa.

Chaves began the day second in the general classification, 32 seconds behind Yates, but he was dropped on the opening climb, the category-two ascent of the Fonte della Creta. Despite the presence of a handful of team-mates, he was not able to regain contact with the pink-jersey group.

At one stage, Chaves's chase group managed to get back to around one minute, but with rival teams sensing his trouble, they put the hammer down and eventually Mitchelton-Scott conceded defeat. Chaves lost more than 25 minutes as he tumbled out of the top 10 on GC.

"That's bike racing," Matt White, the team's sporting director, said at the finish. "Esteban obviously had a really bad moment on the cat-two climb. But it doesn't change a whole lot apart from Esteban's goals on GC. The other climbers didn't have to work much harder than they would normally have. We're just back to the same situation as every other team. We now have one clear guy."

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Yates had another great day on a personal note, beating Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at an intermediate sprint to pick up bonus seconds and extend his advantage over Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to 41 seconds. Dumoulin had a late crash but finished with the rest of his GC rivals, including Chris Froome (Team Sky), who is now back in the overall top 10.

Bahrain-Merida's Matej Mohoric (23) clinched the stage win in Gualdo Tadino outsprinting Nico Denz (AG2R-La Mondiale) after the pair broke clear at the end of six hours of racing. Sam Bennett won the bunch sprint for third to cut the gap to Elia Viviani in the points classifications to 66 points after the Italian was caught in the Chaves group. Nicolas Roche was 27th on the stage and is 52nd overall. Today's stage is 156km over medium mountaints from Assisi Osimo. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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