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

14 May, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Colombia's Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

Dennis lost touch with the leaders, despite his gutsy effort on the tough climb to the summit finish of stage six at Sicily's Mt Etna.

Chavez made a major jump in the general classification and is only 25 second behind Yates, who took the lead in the general classification.

But as Dennis faltered, the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team seized the Giro initiative. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the bunch and retains the overall lead.

Yates attacked the other general classification hopefuls inside the final two kilometres, breaking away from the peloton and bridging to team-mate Chaves - the last survivor of the day's breakaway - and the pair crossed the line together, with Yates gifting the Colombian the stage win. Now that his first Grand Tour stage has come, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Bennett. "I had a bit of a gap so I took the chance and in the end it worked out".

This was the first first time an Irish rider has claimed a stage at the Giro in 31 years, since Stephen Roche won a time trial on the way to overall victory in 1987.

Esteban Chaves is third, a further 10 seconds adrift, with Chris Froome a minute and 10 seconds behind Yates after a hard start to his bid for a third consecutive Grand Tour title.

South African Meintjes, who returned to "Africa's team" for the 2018 season, was hoping to turn around a disappointing early season in Italy, but a week into the three-week race, he has so far not shaped against the other pink-jersey contenders. I really want to thank the whole team they have got to this point.

"Nothing changes from today. Obviously, I don't have the pink jersey but that's not an issue for me", he said. When I was in his wheel, at 6 or 7 km to go, he was still looking good. "So I got confidence from the fact that they can go a little bit deeper than me with their spikes of power, but that they can't sustain it, and I have to keep reminding myself of that".

"I am not that far behind the leaders".



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