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Yates extends overall lead in the Giro d'Italia

Yates has a 32 second advantage over Esteban Chaves. Credit: PA

Simon Yates extended his overall lead in the Giro d'Italia to more than half a minute with victory on stage nine at Gran Sasso d'Italia.

Yates pounced in the final 100 metres of a climb that finished above the snow line to beat Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and his Michelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves, putting him 32 seconds clear of Chaves in the standings going into Monday's rest day.

But it was another bad day for Chris Froome, who failed to hang onto a five-strong breakaway group two kilometres from the finish, sliding out of the overall top 10 as a result and losing more than a minute on Yates.

Yates has held the race leader's pink jersey since stage six, when he finished second behind Chaves on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Here he timed his run to perfection, forming a four-strong chase when Italian Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) attempted to break clear towards the end of the 225km stage from Pesco Sannita.

Pinot, Chaves and stage eight winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar) went with him, with Yates going around Pinot in the final moments to claim a victory he greeted with evident emotion.

As a result of his efforts Chaves moved up to second place in the overall standings, demoting Holland's defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) into third, 38 seconds behind.

Pink jersey honour for Yates at Giro d'Italia

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Simon Yates became only the fourth Briton to wear the Giro d'Italia's pink jersey after finishing second on stage six behind his Michelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chavez.

Yates, who moved to the top of the standings after breaking away from the peloton late in the stage, follows Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Millar in leading the prestigious race.

Chaves held a long-time lead on Mount Etna before being caught late on by Yates, who nevertheless allowed the Colombian to cross the line first as the stage winner.

"I said to him as soon as I caught him that he could take the stage because if I had enough time I would take the jersey," Yates said. "He'd been up the road all day and he deserved it."

Yates had started the day in third place, 17 seconds behind overall leader Rohan Dennis, but he now goes into stage seven with a 16-second advantage over Team Sunweb's Tom Doumoulin, with Chaves moving up up to third.

Yates added: "It was a crazy day with lots of attacks going at the beginning. As Esteban was at the front with a pretty big group, it made me sit back.

"It worked out perfectly. I felt good so I took my chance to ride across. I knew I was taking the Maglia Rosa, which pleases me a lot."

Chris Froome moved up to eighth place in the overall standings, one minute and 10 seconds behind Yates, after finishing in 10th place in the chasing group.

Walscheid claims stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire

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Max Walscheid won stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough as Magnus Cort Nielsen retained the overall lead.

Team Sunweb's Walscheid won in a sprint finish after the peloton thwarted a late breakaway attempt by Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel of Direct-Energie with the finish line almost in sight.

Astana's Cort Nielsen, who took the overall lead with victory on the summit finish of the Cow and Calf on Friday, finished second to retain the leader's blue jersey.

Manxman Mark Cavendish of Team Dimension Data did not contest the sprint having been left in a group distanced late in the 181km stage from Richmond.

For the 24-year-old Walscheid, this was his biggest win since he was involved in a head-on collision with a car while training in 2016, and the German said he had chosen a great place to do it.

"The scenery is incredible and the Yorkshire fans, I think they are the best, there were massive crowds all over the road," he said. "It was a really nice parcours and to win a more difficult stage is good for me because normally I am more for the really flat bunch sprints.

"Now I am growing into a sprinter who can win more difficult stages."


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