Britain's Yates adds to Giro lead in stage 10

  • Britain's Yates adds to Giro lead in stage 10

Britain's Yates adds to Giro lead in stage 10

"They let me try and win a stage, although we're racing for Domenico Pozzovivo on GC".

After the 2018 Giro d'Italia's second rest day on Monday, the racing resumes on Tuesday, May 15, with stage 10.

Bahrain-Merida rider Matej Mohoric has won Stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia, holding off AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz at the end of what, at 244 kilometres, is the longest stage of this year's race.

With Quick-Step Floors' star sprinter and overall points leader Elia Viviani, dropped along with Chaves, the race split into two as several teams in the peloton worked together to distance them.

Part of an initial 17-man break that came to nothing, Mohoric attacked again inside the final 40km to reel in lone leader Marco Frapporti (Androni-Giocattoli) before riding clear once Denz joined him following the final descent. I wasn't convinced I'd win the sprint against Nico Denz.

Yates now leads by 41sec from Dumoulin with Pinot third at 46sec. "When I saw that he was not passing, I gave it my all".

Yates extended his lead in the general classification over Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the defending champion, to 41 seconds, with Frenchman Thibaut Pinot a further five seconds back in third place.

Chris Froome (Sky) finished safely in the pack and now sits two-and-a-half minutes off pink, though he moves up to 10th after Chaves's struggles.

"But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]".

The Giro continues with stage 11 on Wednesday, another hilly stage but this time terminating with a short, sharp climb to the finish line in Osimo that includes sections of 16 per cent gradient.