Yates digs in to stay on track for Giro d'Italia title

Christopher Davidson
May 25, 2018

Viviani, who opened his Giro campaign with back-to-back stage wins and also won stage 13, is the first Italian to win four stages at a Giro since Ivan Basso in 2006, and extended his points classification lead over Bennett to 58 points.

But France's Thibaut Pinot lost more than three minutes on the stage victor to drop to fifth overall, 1min 8sec off Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo who occupies the final podium position. At least three times during this day Luis Leon was in different breakaways, the last one was neutralized with just 10 kilometers to go, Kazinform has learnt from the club's press service.

Overall leader Yates lost less time to second-placed defending champion Dumoulin than many observers had predicted. "The first half I felt good". "I was trying to hold on to my position".

"This is a big day for me to jump back into the top 10", the Australian said.

"I thought I would lose a lot more, but I managed to hold on so I'm really happy".

" It's a good gap and I'll see what I can do".

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"It really changes my tactics for the coming days", Yates admitted.

"I'm really happy", he said.

In the pouring rain he somehow got himself into contention but could only take second place in a thrilling finish. Dennis, 27, was 12 seconds clear at the 12.7km intermediate check at Aldeno and six seconds ahead at the the 25.6km check following the small climb at Nogaredo. Astana Team leaders, Miguel Angel Lopez and Pello Bilbao finished safely in the main group.

The president of world cycling's governing body has told The Times that he has relished Simon Yates's domination of the Giro d'Italia and has no doubts about the Briton's performance.

Three decisive summit finishes in the Alps precede the final processional stage into Rome - but before then there's a potential banana-skin of a stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo.

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