Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won his second stage with the Maglia Rosa, this time in a solo move at 1400 metres to go in the short uphill finish to Osimo. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) got a second place that indicated his form is on the up while Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third. Yates extended his lead to 47 seconds over Dumoulin and 1’04’’ over Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) meanwhile Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped out of the ten top overall as he lost another 40 seconds from the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) – 156km in 3h25’53”, average speed 45.462km/h
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 2″
3 – Davide Formolo (Bora – Hansgrohe) at 5″
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 47″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 1’04”
The stage winner, the Maglia Rosa Simon Yates, said: “I attacked to just gain seconds. The plan at the beginning was to not target the stage win. Normally there are faster guys like Tim Wellens and Enrico Battaglin and their team chased indeed, but we arrived in the final and Jack Haig did a fantastic job. He led me out to the point where I was instructed to attack if we were to be in this situation. I wasn’t sure who was chasing me but when I heard on the radio that it was Tom Dumoulin, I was hoping he’d crack because I was at the limit. Maybe I should have wait a bit more to make my move in order to gain a bit more time but that was the plan, I had good legs, I managed to get away and I won so I’m happy with that. For the coming days, I’m more afraid of the time trial than the Zoncolan. Moreover, I’m hoping for no bad luck as we’ve seen with Esteban [Chaves] yesterday that just one bad moment and the race is over.”