Froome drops time after late chase

16 May 2018

Froome drops time after late chase

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Chris Froome endured a tough 11th stage at the Giro d’Italia after a late chase saw him lose time to the maglia rosa.

The Team Sky rider was held up by a late crash on the day’s penultimate climb in Osimo, forcing him to claw back ground ahead of the final ramp.
 
After digging deep he eventually crossed the line 40 seconds back on stage winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). That result saw him slip to 12th place overall, 3:20 back on the maglia rosa. Sergio Henao was also unfortunate to lose time after being held up by the same crash. The Colombian national champion now sits 19th overall.
 
Yates launched a stinging move in the closing stages, with only Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) able to follow the pink jersey. Yates now holds a 47-second lead over the Dutchman.

“It was a tough day, it wasn’t as long as yesterday, but after yesterday’s stage it was another pretty brutal finish," Froome told Eurosport.
 
“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, you can’t really hide [from injuries] and if you do you can’t hide it for long. 
 
“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, it’s good to get this racing in the legs as I’ve not done much racing this year, so it’s good to get the racing in.
 
“I certainly haven’t given up hope. We saw yesterday for Esteban (Chaves) how quickly this race can change for any one of those GC riders. 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.”
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There was a fast start to the stage, with Vasil Kiryienka covering the early moves out of Assisi. Five riders were eventually allowed to go clear, but with the peloton motivated and a stage win on the cards, the quintet were not afforded much time.
 
The group split on the final run-in, and as expected attacks launched on the pair of late climbs, with Yates again showing his class.

On Yates Froome added: “He’s flying and I’m genuinely happy for him. It’s good to see another Brit in the pink jersey and he’s got a really strong chance of winning it.”

Stage 11 result:

1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 3:25:53
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +2”
3. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) +5"
4. Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) +8"
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
15. Chris Froome (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall standings:
 
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 47:08:21
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +47”
3. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +1'04"
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) +1'18"
5. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) +1'56"
12. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +3’20"

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