April 19, 2018
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Stage 11: Assisi to Osimo, 156km
Yates wins as he takes the race to his rivals
Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won his second stage dressed in the Maglia Rosa, this time in a solo move at 1400 metres to go on the short uphill finish to Osimo. Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) took second, suggesting his form is improving, while Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third. Yates extended his lead to 47 seconds over Dumoulin and 1’04’’ over Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Meanwhile, Chris Froome (Team Sky) dropped out of the top 10 overall as he lost another 40 seconds on the Maglia Rosa.
Speaking afterwards Yates said: “I attacked to gain seconds. The plan at the beginning was to not target the stage win. Normally there are faster guys like Tim Wellens and Enrico Battaglin, and their team chased indeed, but we arrived in the final and Jack Haig did a fantastic job. He led me out to the point where I was instructed to attack if we were to be in this situation. I wasn’t sure who was chasing me but, when I heard on the radio that it was Tom Dumoulin, I was hoping he’d crack because I was at the limit. Maybe I should have waited a bit more to make my move in order to gain more time but that was the plan. I had good legs, I managed to get away and I won so I’m happy with that. For the coming days, I’m more afraid of the time trial than the Zoncolan. I’m also hoping for no bad luck as we saw with Esteban [Chaves] yesterday. It just takes one bad moment and the race is over.”
Race Results - Stage 11 and GC