Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Astana in attack at Stage 10 of Giro d'Italia

Overall leader Simon Yates gained three bonus seconds in the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday but it was a hard day for his Mitchelton-Scott team as Esteban Chaves dropped out of contention.

Yates launched a lethal attack in the final two kilometers of stage 11 when the Marche roads pitched to 16% to reach the hilltop town of Osimo.

As a result, Yates extended his lead on the general classification ahead of stage 12 tomorrow.

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 (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third.

Froome now lies outside the top 10, with the Team Sky rider now over three minutes off the lead. "That was not the plan, but if it came back I would of course try". "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".

"I had already circled this stage before the Giro started", Mohoric said.

Stage 12 is a 214km ride to Imola.

That lead is still held by Simon Yates.

"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 plugging away, I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can". "I certainly haven't given up hope".

"As for Tom behind me, I didn't actually know until we crested the climb a little bit towards the top because I was just going full gas and I don't like to look behind, if I did I wasn't paying attention to who it was". Dumoulin came the closest to getting on his wheel, but in the end, all the favourites were distanced, with third-placed Thibaut Pinot and fourth-placed Domenico Pozzovivo losing eight seconds, and fifth-placed Richard Carapaz coming in alongside Bennett, 23 seconds down. "I have lot of pain down my right hand side, which in this game if you are not at your absolute best you can't hide, or you can only hide for so long, which we've seen", Froome continued.

The crescendo to stage 11 ending up offering larger time gaps than expected, perhaps due to slightly exhausted legs after the race was ridden at a fast tempo all day.

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