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Yates surges to second victory in stage 11

Yates surges to second victory in stage 11

But once Chaves was dropped, the teams of overall hopefuls, including four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome, reigning champion Tom Dumoulin, local favourite Fabio Aru and French hope Thibaut Pinot, pushed the pace in the peloton to ensure Chaves never regained contact.

Chris Froome finished safely in the pack and moves up to 10th in the general classification, still two-and-a-half minutes adrift of Yates in the race for the pink jersey.

With star sprinter Elia Viviani, in the points leaders' jersey, back with Chaves, the race split into two as general classification and sprint teams in the peloton worked to distance them.

Overall leader Simon Yates gained three bonus seconds in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday but it was a hard day for his Mitchelton-Scott team as Esteban Chaves dropped out of contention.

Yates now leads by 41 seconds from Dumoulin, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in third at 46 seconds.

"I was going to go for the bonus sprint because I need to gain time on Dumoulin but, when I saw Pinot getting a lead out, I went past him", Yates said. "I'm not very good in a sprint from a slow speed so I launched and I increased my speed as much as I could".

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Team Sky rider Froome has struggled at key moments since the start of the race - falling twice - and is now over three minutes off the lead.

"I did at the beginning with 12 other riders but, unfortunately, because of what happened to Chaves, the peloton came across", Mahoric said. We came to the Giro to win stages from breakaways with Giovanni Visconti and myself, and sprints with Niccolo Bonifazio, but our main goal remains to help Pozzovivo for the best overall ranking possible.”.

Froome is trying to become the third person to win the three Grand Tour titles in a row.

"Tom (Dumoulin) is the one who is worrying me, he's still too close", said Yates who is also King of the Mountains.

Stage 12 will comprise a 214km route from Osimo to Imola.

Italy's Davide Formolo was third, a further three seconds behind, after the 156km hilly route from the central city of Assisi across to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.


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