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Simon Yates maintains lead after seventh stage of Giro d'Italia

14 May, 2018, 00:18 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Giro d'Italia 2018 – stage six results and latest standings after Esteban Chaves leads Mitchelton Scott one-two on Mount Etna as Simon Yates takes lead

Yates was third in the general classification at the start of the 169-kilometre route from Caltanissetta to Etna, trailing leader Rohan Dennis by 17 seconds.

The peloton being controlled by Quick-Step, Willier and Mitchelton Scott obviously with the former aiming to put Elia Viviani in prime position come the finish.

Dennis sits sixth overall, 53 seconds off the pace. Keeping you up to date about what is happening in Colombia is costly and not without risk.

The 25-year-old broke away from the overall contenders with less than 2km to race, bridging across to Chaves - the last survivor of the breakaway - and the pair crossed the line together, with Yates gifting the Colombian the stage win.

"I felt really good", Yates said afterwards. "I just had to get that wheel, and have a bit of patience as well". I think also I'm in the king of the mountains jersey - it's like a dream. "I had a bit of a gap so I took the chance and it worked out".

"I feel relieved. I have been close so many times before in the Giro", said the Bora-Hansgrohe rider.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintained his lead in the overall classification 16 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and 26 seconds ahead of teammate and stage 6 victor Esteban Chaves.

Yates has looked in excellent form throughout the first week of the Giro, posting a top-10 result in the opening-day prologue in Jerusalem and consistently finishing towards the front of stages. Interestingly, Roche took the Maglia Rosa for good in 1987 at Sappada where the Giro returns this year for the first time, on May 20, for the 15th stage.

Team Sky's Chris Froome, aiming to win a third successive grand tour, remains eighth, 70 seconds behind his race-leading compatriot. The peloton remained ever-watchful of those early breaks but eventually allowed a group of 28 riders to go clear, including Jacques Janse van Rensburg for Africa's Team.

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