April 19, 2018
Yates wins Stage 9 of the 101st Giro d'Italia
Stage 9: Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso d'Italia, 225km
Simon Yates dominated his rivals to claim the stage win on Gran Sasso d'Italia, while Chris Froome lost over a minute in the final kilometre to languish well outsid ethe top ten.
25-year-old Simon Yates of Team Mitchelton-SCOTT has won stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia in the Magglia Rosa. The race leader crossed the line ahead of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and teammate Esteban Chaves.
With a time gap to their other rivals, Yates now leads the Giro by 32 seconds to Chaves who moves up into second overall and 38 seconds to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who drops to third.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner and Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates, said: “I realize how big it is to win my first stage with the Maglia Rosa. That one is for the boys who rode at the front all day. It's really nice. Since the beginning of the day we believed in the possibility of winning the stage as well as defending the Maglia Rosa.”
Fourteen riders rode off the front as the flag dropped for the 225km stage and with Gianluca Brambilla (Trek Segafredo) the closest threat on the general classification at six-minutes 40seconds down, the peloton was content to let them extend their lead to several minutes.
With 40km to go the Astana was the first to take up the chase. By 20km to go Mitchelton-SCOTT has taken their place, closely shadowed by Team Sky. Roman Kreuziger did a long pull before handing over to Jack Haig. Between them they were both eating into the breakaway's ever precarious lead and putting a strain on Yates' rivals.
One by one the break capitulated to the peloton. The last valliant effort by the breakaway fell to Fausto Masnada (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) but his day was spent with two kilometers remaining
The battle for the honours was now on with Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) piling attack upon attack in the final two kilometres, but they were chased repeatedly by Pinot with Yates and Chaves on his wheel.
It looked like Pinot's day, but with exquisite timing Yates dropped the hammer and popped out from behind the Frenchman's wheel to lead for the first time all day, and take a fantastic win in the maglia rosa
While Mitchelton Scott celebrated a worried Team Sky was focussing on a faltering Chris Froome. As soon as the pace increased Froome was being distanced. Despite help from a teammate it was clear that there would be some serious damage done to his position on GC. As it turned out he arrived 1'07" down on Yates, slipping to 11th spot, 2'07" back."
Froome and the peloton will be glad of Monday's rest day for a whole variety of reasons
This is Somon Yates' first stage win at the Giro d’Italia for Simon Yates, and the 24th stage win for British riders in the history of the race. The last one was by Mark Cavendish in 2013 in Brescia (stage 21). Only one of the previous 23 Bristish victories were conquered at the top of a mountain: stage 21 from Como to Pila in 1987 by Robert Millar in front of eventual overall winner Stephen Roche.
Race Results - Stage 9 and GC