Yates still in firm con­trol as Irishman wins Giro stage 12

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - CY­CLING

SI­MON Yates pro­tected his 47-sec­ond over­all lead in the Giro d’Italia af­ter fin­ish­ing safely in the pelo­ton in stage 12 at the Imola mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuit.

The Bury rider’s clos­est ri­val, Bel­gium’s Tom Du­moulin (Team Sun­web), recorded the same fin­ish time as Yates, who had pre­vi­ously ex­tended his lead with a pul­sat­ing vic­tory in stage 11.

Ire­land’s Sam Ben­nett (Bo­raHans­grohe) claimed his sec­ond stage win of this year’s race amid lash­ing rain and light­ning strikes over the fi­nal 10km of the race.

The weather briefly threat­ened to cause havoc with the race as it split the pelo­ton in half, but Yates was well as­sisted by his Michel­ton-Scott team-mates as he came through safely.

The 27-year-old Ben­nett fash­ioned vic­tory in thrilling style, reel­ing in lead­ers Matej Mo­horic (BahrainMerida) and Car­los Be­tan­cur (Mo­vis­tar) over the fi­nal 400 me­tres be­fore con­tin­u­ing a strong sprint over the line.

Si­mon Yates

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