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Yates moves into overall lead of Giro, Chaves wins stage 6

13 May, 2018, 09:07 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Esteban Chaves

BC-CYC-Giro d'Italia, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 384 Bennett wins 7th stage as Yates maintains Giro d'Italia leadAP Photo PRA102, PRA101, PRA105, PRA106Eds: Updates with Yates quotes.

By that stage Colombian Chaves had broken clear and looked to have the stage win sealed.

Their British rider Simon Yates is the new race leader after finishing second in the 163km stage. Bennett was the last to launch his sprint but the Irish rider managed to edge out Elia Viviani and claim his first win in a Grand Tour. Four times he finished in the top three on stages, usually denied by a Quick-Step Floors rider in the maglia ciclamino - namely Fernando Gaviria. The stage was a 159-km run from Pizzo Calabro near Vibo Valentia to Praia a Mare near Cosenza.

It was another Bennett which ended up taking the honours on the latest stage, with Ireland's Sam Bennett claiming his first victory of the year, and his maiden stage win in a grand tour, seeing off Italian Elia Viviani - victor of the first two stages - in a sprint finish. "I had the power, I knew what I was capable of, but it's one thing having the belief and another thing doing it", said the Carrick-on-Suir man. "I want to thank them all for the support, the team that's working hard behind the scenes and everybody that helped me to get to this point in my career". "I felt really good".




That saw Yates seize a 16-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the general classification, with Chaves moving up to third.

Team Sky's Chris Froome, aiming to win a third successive grand tour, remains eighth, 70 seconds behind his race-leading compatriot.

"It was unbelievable to wear the pink jersey - something I was hoping for, but you never really expect it". A bit stressful at the final as always but OK. At one stage I thought Quickstep had gone too early and they were looking back to check me out and I was wondering were they trying to panic me and get me to go early again.

Both stage eight to Montevergine di Mercogliano and stage nine to Gran Sasso d'Italia feature summit finishes at the end of 200km+ stages, with the latter being particularly brutish with what is effectively a 47km climb (with a few short descents along the way) at the end of a massive 224km stage.

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