Yates claims Giro 9th stage
Mitchelton rider extends lead as Froome trails
GRAN SASSO D’ITALIA, Italy, May 13, (AFP): Simon Yates won an uphill mountain finish to claim the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday to extend his overall race lead as fellow Briton Chris Froome struggled.
Mitchelton rider Yates, wearing the leader’s pink jersey, crossed just ahead of France’s Thibaut Pinto and Colombian Esteban Chaves at 2,135 metres altitude.
The race included a gruelling 26.5km final climb to the snowcapped Campo Imperatore, where Benito Mussolini was imprisoned in 1943.
Four-time Tour de France winner Froome was the big loser of the day along with Italian champion Fabio Aru, as the pair fell behind with two kilometres to go.
Froome lost over a minute on his rivals, as Yates rode to his first stage win on the Giro, three days after letting teammate Chaves take victory on Mount Etna.
Team Sky rider Froome finished 23rd on the day, 67sec behind the leading trio, and is trailing Yates by 2min 27sec in the overall standings.
Yates extends his overall lead to 32sec on Chaves with defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands dropping one place to third at 38sec.
Pinot accelerated with 1.5km to go and was followed by a small group including Yates, Chaves and Ricard Carapaz who jostled for victory heading towards the line.
The 25-year-old Yates is competing in his first Giro d’Italia, and will spend Monday’s rest day in the region of Pescara, 100km from Gran Sasso in the leader’s pink jersey.
1. Simon Yates (GBR/MIT) 5hr 54min 13sec, 2. Thibaut Pinot (FRAFDJ) s.t., 3. Esteban Chaves (COL/MIT) s.t., 4. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) at 4sec, 5. Richard Carapaz (ECU/MOV) 4, 6. Davide Formolo (ITA/BOR) 10, 7. George Bennett (NZL/LNL) 12, 8. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 12, 9. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/AST) 12, 10. Giulio Ciccone (ITA/BAR) 24 Overall standings 1. Simon Yates (GBR/Mitchelton) 37hr 37min 15sec, 2. Esteban Chaves (COL/MIT) at 32sec, 3. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 38, 4. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 45, 5. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 57, 6. Richard Carapaz (ECU/MOV) 1:20, 7. George Bennett (NZL/LNL) 1:33, 8. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) 2:05, 9. Pello Bilbao (ESP/AST) 2:05, 10. Michael Woods (CAN/EFD) 2:25, 11. Christopher Froome (GBR/ SKY) 2:27.