Monday, 21 May, 2018

Simon Yates adds to overall lead as Mohoric toughs it out

Svein Tuft Mohoric wins day as Chaves fades
Kristopher Love | 16 May, 2018, 21:23

As today's stage entered its final kilometre, the Slovenian rider Mohoric - a past stage victor at the Vuelta - had Denz on his wheel.

Bahrain-Merida rider Mohoric held off a strong challenge from German Nico Denz, who rides for AG2R La Mondiale, after the duo made a late break on 239-kilometre route from Penne to Gualdo Tadino, the longest stage of the race.

Several team-mates, including Kiwi Sam Bewley, spent precious energy trying fruitlessly to escort Chaves back to the main pack. He is more than three minutes behind. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".

Mitchelton team director Matthew White said Chaves has been struggling with throat and allergy problems.

"Now all of our energy will turn to looking out for Simon and protecting the maglia rosa [pink jersey]", White said.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) retained his third place but now trails the race leader by one minute and four seconds.

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.

Yates stretched his advantage to 47 seconds over Dutchman Dumoulin in the overall classification. Because they are quite explosive, I can gain a second or two on Tom here.

Two of the five riders ahead of Bennett on GC - Richard Carapaz and Tom Dumoulin - both came to grief and required bike changes in the last 20 kilometres, but managed to get back to the peloton, leaving only Chaves as the major victim from the stage.

Their sprint to the line was fiercely contested, but Mohoric had the strength to prevail. I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can'.

"I had already circled this stage before the Giro started", Mohoric said. David Formolo (Italy, BORA - hansgrohe) - 0,054.

The lengthy stage was a brutal wake-up call after the race's second rest day, especially with two early climbs and constant rolling terrain along the rest of the route.

Wednesday's stage 11 will be another lumpy one, covering 156km and three categorised climbs between Assisi and Osimo.

Then after a couple of milder stages, the race heats up again with a climb up Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and a gruelling leg through the Dolomite Range on Sunday. The race ends in Rome on May 27.