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Simon Yates Extends Giro d’Italia Lead and Other Cool News from the World of Cycling

By Monica Buck

Another Monday is here and our news from the world of cycling with it. So, what did you miss?

Yates wins on the Gran Sasso

After letting his team-mate Esteban Chaves win on Mount Etna, Yates was determined to take the glory for himself yesterday. He sprinted past Thibaut Pinot and Domenico Pozzovizo with Chaves in tow and finished the brutal 225km stage with a stunning win. The young Brit managed to extend his lead to 32 seconds while Chris Froome lost another minute and fell out of the top 10.

“I was not surprised because I saw and I felt on Mount Etna already that I had very good legs,” Yates said. “But it was a very difficult stage and very long so I wasn’t 100 per cent confident before the final. Maybe Froome is suffering from his crashes or maybe he doesn’t have the form, I don’t know. I was surprised to see Fabio Aru lose time, but the Giro is a long race and they could bounce back.”

Stage 9: Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d’Italia, 225km

1 Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in 5-54-13
2 Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at same time
3 Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) at same time
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at 4 secs
5 Richard Carapaz (Movistar) at same time
6 Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) at 10 secs
7 George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 12 secs
8 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at same time
9 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) at same time
10 Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani CSF) at 24 secs

Giro d’Italia General Classification

1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), in 37-37-15
2. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) at 32 secs
3. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 38 secs
4. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at 45 secs
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) at 57 secs
6. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) at 1-20
7. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 1-33
8. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) at 2-05
9. Pello Bilbao (Astana) at same time
10. Michael Woods (Education First-Drapac) at 2-25

True teamwork

That Italian sun

Say his name!

Mount Doom instead of Mount Etna?