Kiwi cyclist George Bennett moves into top 10 of Giro d'Italia

Lawrence Cooper
May 11, 2018

Yates caught his Colombian team-mate Esteban Chaves, the only remaining survivor from the day's breakaway, with half a kilometre remaining and the pair rode to the finish line at the 19th century Etna Observatory together, Yates eventually pulling over to allow Chaves the stage win.

That saw Yates move to the top of the standings, where he now holds a 16-second advantage over Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, with Chaves moving up to third.

Chaves knew that the toughest section of the climb began with a shade over five kilometres to go, and he waited for that precise point to unleash his winning attack, dancing past Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) to solo clear.

Yates started the day in third place, 17 seconds behind race leader Rohan Dennis, before the gruelling 169km stage to a summit finish on Mount Etna.

As the breakaway reached the final 15km on the slopes of Mount Etna, Ulissi remained at the front of the group and Aru had kept his position at the head of the Peloton, riding well with a select bunch of GC contenders.

"It's unbelievable. I needed this for my comeback to the Giro after one year of absence", said Chaves, who pulled on the King of the Mountains blue jersey. "I could sit in the wheels and save some energy", Yates continued.

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Chaves is third overall, 26 seconds back, ahead of Friday's mainly flat 159km stage. Esteban had been out all day so he deserved the win.

"I went for it after a lot of attacks, and then we won the stage and got pink jersey". "Hopefully that can help me in the next few stages", Yates explained.

Team Sky's Chris Froome, bidding to complete a Grand Tour triple crown, is a minute and 10 seconds back in eighth spot after finishing 10th.

On Thursday, Chaves dedicated his stage victory to the memory of Casas, whose name is inscribed on his shoes.

The seventh stage of the Giro participants of the 2018 finish in the famous resort town of Praia a Mare.

The race ends in Rome on May 27.

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