Yates secures second stage win to extend Giro d'Italia race lead

Struggling Froome clinging to Giro d'Italia hope

Struggling Froome clinging to Giro d'Italia hope

Yates picked up three more seconds on the defending champion Tom Dumoulin by taking bonuses from the intermediate sprint, but his Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves dropped from second to 39th, losing 25 minutes on innocuous terrain and claiming cryptically after the stage: "We've still got to understand my problems".

The owner of the pink jerseys Simon Yates continues to dominate the mountain finishes in the Giro-2018.

I was going to go for the bonus sprint because I need to gain time on Tom Dumoulin but, when I saw Thibaut Pinot getting a lead out, I went past him.

What was expected to be a quiet transition stage turned into a frantic day of racing after Chaves was dropped on the category-two climb that opened the day's racing.

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.

Pinot is third overall at 1min 4sec behind, with Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo a further 14 seconds back.

George Bennett's chances of a top five finish at the Giro d'Italia have been given an unexpected boost after a dramatic tenth stage.

As star sprinter and points leader Elia Viviani stuck with Chaves, the race split into two as general classification and sprint teams in the peloton worked together to distance them.

Wet roads in the finale made for treacherous conditions, causing punctures for Dumoulin and Richard Carapaz, who is fifth overall and leads the young rider classification. "We will pull our shoes on again tomorrow and get back to work".

"Today's goal was to make the breakaway".

'I certainly haven't given up hope, ' Froome said.

"I'm delighted that I have taken this opportunity", said former UAE Team Emirates rider Mohoric. He gave me the green light.

"My crash before the opening stage in Jersualem took a whack out of me. I know I'll lose some time there".

"I was not confident to beat Nico Denz".

Chaves's time loss could work for Yates as the Colombian will now be exclusively a domestique for him. It was a hard stage and subsequently a different sprint than if we had arrived fresh. I already have a good gap to Froome.

Wednesday s 11th stage will be raced on a hilly route of 156 km from the central city of Assisi across to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.

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