Mohoric wins day as Chaves fades

Mohoric wins day as Chaves fades

Ross Houston
May 16, 2018

Overall leader Simon Yates gained three bonus seconds in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia but it was a hard day for his Mitchelton-Scott team as Esteban Chaves dropped out of contention.

Chris Froome's struggles continued, with the four-time Tour de France champion now two minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader in 10th place.

Yates now leads by 41 seconds from Dumoulin with Pinot third at 46sec.

Mohoric wins day as Chaves fades

Bahrain Merida's Mohoric - a former junior and U23 world champion - showed his ability over all terrains, and through numerous showers, to deny Ag2R-La Mondiale's Denz on the captivating 244km stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino.

Froome finished 40 seconds behind Yates to again slip out of the top 10. I m not scared of the third week; I m scared of the time trial. Two minutes down on the peloton, Chaves received assistance from Bewley and two other teammates to desperately try and bring him back, while Quick-Step helped them out to try and revive the chances of sprinting favourite Elia Viviani.

"I would prefer he'd still be there, so we could play more cards and tactics", Yates said.

A series of attacks began late in the day and, as the tension increased, Tom Dumoulin was caught in a small crash before chasing back on. 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. 34 seconds later Sam Bennett led home the peloton.

The stage victor, Matej Mohoric, said: “Todays goal was to make the breakaway.

"It was the most aggressive stage I ve seen for a while", said Yates. "That's why I tried to attack him before", an elated Mohoric said after his gruelling ride.

Yates has extended his overall lead, however his team-mate Estaban Chaves was dropped on the opening climbed and has slipped out of the top ten overall. "I felt good all day and I'm really pleased that I took advantage of the opportunity". I wasn't convinced I'd win the sprint against Nico Denz. 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. "If I keep gaining here and there I'll be happy".

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.

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