Yates wins stage to extend Giro lead

Yates wins stage to extend Giro lead

But Yates s Colombian team-mate Esteban Chaves had a disastrous day as he was distanced on the opening climb of the 244km stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino and lost more than 25 minutes to drop out of overall contention having started the day second at 32sec.

Chris Froome finished in the pack and is two and a half minutes off the pink jersey, but he has moved up to tenth.

Yates won an intermediate sprint and now leads defending champion Tom Dumoulin by 41 seconds with Thibaut Pinot up to third, 46 seconds behind.

What was expected to be a quiet transition stage - over the longest stage of the entire Giro - turned into a frantic day of racing after Chaves was dropped on the category two climb which opened the day's racing.

Yates, who picked himself to win this stage in his guide for BBC Sport, is only the second Briton after sprinter Mark Cavendish to win multiple stages in the same Giro.

With star sprinter Elia Viviani, in the points leaders' jersey, back with Chaves, the race split into two as general classification and sprint teams in the peloton worked to distance them.

Positioning will be important once more, and time could be lost if the favourites aren't at their best - something Chaves found out in brutal fashion this morning.

The Brit completed the race in 3:25:53, out sprinting Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) to the line. David Formolo (Italy, BORA - hansgrohe) - 0,054.

"Today's goal was to make the breakaway. That's why I tried to attack him before", an elated Mohoric said after his gruelling ride. First Quick-Step gave up the chase, and soon enough, Mitchelton-Scott let go as well, giving up on Chaves' GC hopes, and in the process, putting all their eggs in the Yates basket.

Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric edged Nico Denz in two-man sprint to win the stage while all of the other leaders finished in the main pack, 34 seconds behind.

Two of the five riders ahead of Bennett on GC - Richard Carapaz and Tom Dumoulin - both came to grief and required bike changes in the last 20 kilometres, but managed to get back to the peloton, leaving only Chaves as the major victim from the stage. It was a hard stage and subsequently a different sprint than if we had arrived fresh.

Wednesday s 11th stage will be raced on a hilly route of 156 km from the central city of Assisi across to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.