Yates wins 9th stage to cement Giro lead, Froome loses time

Yates wins 9th stage to cement Giro lead, Froome loses time

Yates wins 9th stage to cement Giro lead, Froome loses time

To see him grimace as he crossed the line at the monastery of Montevergine di Mercogliano near Naples in pouring rain, it looked as if the seed of doubt had crept into the head of four-time Tour de France victor.

Gran Sasso: Simon Yates has cemented his position as overall leader of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday by winning the ninth stage for the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team.

Speaking after the 225km stage from Pesco Sannita, Yates said: Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage victor and Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates, said: "I realise how big it is to win my first stage with the Maglia Rosa".

The struggle for the expected stage between the teams of the General classification, because in isolation, not one rider, who managed to maintain power after the hardest stage.

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He has started in the top four in each of the first four rounds of the season but has run into problems in three of those races. Saturday's race featured a record-tying seven different leaders, matching the mark set in the inaugural 2014 event.

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It looked like a cyclist from the 14-man breakaway would win with an advantage of around eight minutes heading into the penultimate climb, less than 50K from the finish.

Attacks started from the break and Fausto Masnada got away before he too was reeled in 2.7km from the line, setting up the final attack and victory for Yates.

Yates sits 16 seconds ahead of defending Giro champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) overall, with Chaves in third at 26 seconds.

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Dumoulin is a further six seconds behind.

"The roads were really slippery and I just lost my back wheel when I went over a white line accelerating out of the corner", explained Froome. I was surprised to see Fabio Aru being dropped, but it's a long race. "However, it's still a good day for us, I think".

Tomorrow the Giro-2018 second rest day, and on Tuesday the participants of the race will overcome the 239-km stage with three category nodes.

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