Yates wins his second stage at the Giro d’Italia and extends lead to 47 seconds

Simon Yates wins his second stage at the Giro d’Italia and extends lead to 47 seconds over Tom Dumoulin

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Britain’s Simon Yates launched a stinging attack in the final phase to extend his lead in the overall classification and win the 11th stage of Giro d’Italia.

Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates and defending champion Tom Dumoulin, the two favourites for the pink jersey, were part of the initial breakaway on the 156-kilometre route from Assisi to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.

Yates acted with a burst in the final 1.5 kilometres to finish two seconds ahead of Team Sunweb’s Dumoulin, while Italy‘s Davide Formolo (BoraâHansgrohe) finished third on Wednesday.

Simon Yates takes the pink jersey 

Simon Yates takes the pink jersey 

Simon Yates wears the pink jersey on the podium after winning the 11th stage on Wednesday

Yates stretched his advantage to 47 seconds over Dutchman Dumoulin in the overall classification. 

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

Team Sky’s Froome crossed the line 40 seconds behind Yates at 23rd spot to drop out of top 10 in the overall standings.

Yates put in a sublime late attack to win his second stage of the Giro d'Italia

Yates put in a sublime late attack to win his second stage of the Giro d'Italia

Yates put in a sublime late attack to win his second stage of the Giro d’Italia

The four-time Tour de France winner now trails his fellow Briton by three minutes and 20 seconds as his hopes of winning the race continue to fade.

‘I’m trying to get more time. That was a really tough finish. Tom was chasing me all the way to the line,’ Yates said. ‘Really difficult but happy I could get more time. I already have a good gap to Froome. I’m happy that I got more time on Tom. But I have to keep trying because I still don’t have enough.’

Froome finished 40 seconds behind Yates to again slip out of the top 10. He is more than three minutes behind.

Team Sky's Chris Froome lost more time on stage 11, finishing 40 seconds down on Yates

Team Sky's Chris Froome lost more time on stage 11, finishing 40 seconds down on Yates

Team Sky’s Chris Froome lost more time on stage 11, finishing 40 seconds down on Yates

‘I’m definitely not going to lie, it took a whack out of me that crash before the start in Jerusalem and in this game if you’re not at your absolute best there’s nowhere to hide,’ Froome said. ‘I feel as if I’ve been progressing throughout the race, still just chipping away and hoping to do the best I can. I’m going to keep fighting.’

Froome is trying to become the third person to win the three Grand Tour titles in a row.

‘I certainly haven’t given up hope,’ Froome said. ‘I’m going to keep plugging away. I’m motivated, the team’s motivated and we’re going to do as much as we can.’

Stage 12 begins on Thursday in Osimo and runs 214km to Imola. 

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