Dominant Yates wins Giro stage 11 to extend overall lead

Dominant Yates wins Giro stage 11 to extend overall lead

Marco Frapporti (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) provided the day's supporting entertainment with a 80km solo break, extending his lead in the breakaway competition. Mohoric, a freakish descender, had escaped with 38 kilometres to go, and while Denz joined him 19 kilometres later, he ultimately didn't have enough firepower to sprint past Mohoric in the final metres.

Penne to Gualdo Tadino, 244kmMatej Mohoric survived the longest stage of the Giro this year to claim a first Giro stage win.

Yates now leads by 41 seconds from Dutchman Dumoulin, with Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ in third at 46 seconds and home hopeful Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) a minute off the lead.

Two eighth places and one 11th place aren't what have secured him his second place overall, which is entirely thanks to his victory in the opening time trial.

That bunch included one of the favourites for the sprint - Sam Bennett - but he could only cross the line in third after Mohoric beat Nico Denz in a tight sprint finish.

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.

The stage victor, Matej Mohoric, said: “Todays goal was to make the breakaway. "That's why I tried to attack him before", an elated Mohoric said after his gruelling ride. "I felt good all day and I'm really pleased that I took advantage of the opportunity".

Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric edged Nico Denz in two-man sprint to win the stage while all of the other leaders finished in the main pack, 34 seconds behind. You saw with Esteban Chaves losing time on stage 10 how quickly this race can change so I'm going to keep plugging away. It was a hard stage and subsequently a different sprint than if we had arrived fresh. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds". 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.

Another day and another stage with lost time for the Brit as he conceded 40 seconds to Yates having been dropped on the first of the two climbs in the finale, and now once again finds himself outside the top 10 at 3-20.

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.