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16 May 2018

Yates we can

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.

STATISTICS

  • Simon Yates took the 25th stage victory for British riders at the Giro d’Italia. Mark Cavendish (5) is the only other British rider who has won more than one stage in a single Giro.
  • Sixth day in the lead for Simon Yates who has now half of the British Maglie Rosa (12). USA is in sight (13). The first American leader of the Giro was Andy Hampsten in 1988 and the last one Taylor Phinney in 2012.
  • This is the 11th stage victory for Mitchelton-Scott since the Australian team was created in 2012 under the name of GreenEdge. It’s one more than Team Sky (10, including three by Cavendish in 2012, his only season with the British outfit) whose first participation to the Giro was in 2010. It’s the 18th Maglia Rosa for the Australian team (Svein Tuft, one day, and Michael Matthews, six, in 2014, Simon Gerrans, one, Matthews, two, and Simon Clarke, one, in 2015, Esteban Chaves, one, in 2016) meanwhile Team Sky only had two (Bradley Wiggins in 2010 and Salvatore Puccio in 2013).

 

FINAL RESULT
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″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 47″
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) at 1’04”

Complete Rankings

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa(pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Ciclamino(cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott), tomorrow worn by Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team)

PRESS CONFERENCE
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.”

TOMORROW’S STAGE

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