Simon Yates wins to extend lead, Chris Froome fades

Simon Yates wins to extend lead, Chris Froome fades

Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates climbed to victory in the 225km ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia, which finished on the Gran Sasso today.

This is Somon Yates' first stage win at the Giro dItalia for Simon Yates, and the 24th stage win for British riders in the history of the race.

"We were always thinking that if we kept the break close enough then it might be possible for the stage.' Yates" Colombian team-mate Esteban Chaves moved up to second overall, 32sec in arrears, with Dutchman Dumoulin in third.

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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.

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The general classification was unchanged and Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year's Tour de France, retained his 16-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who crashed on a slippery hairpin around five kilometres from the end, recovered to finish and sits ninth overall, a minute and 10 seconds behind Yates. Obviously, I really want to win again, but it's going to be more relaxing because today I felt a lot of pressure.

Bennett crossed the line 12 seconds behind stage victor and pink jersey holder Simon Yates on the 225km mountain stage. "That one is for the boys who rode at the front all day".

"He was looking good the last couple of days but we have to stay optimistic".

The Giro has a second rest day before Tuesday's 10th stage, an undulating 239km route from Penne to Gualdo Tadino.