Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

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   It was a difficult day for stage six winner Esteban Chaves who lost 25 minutes to drop out of contention

"I never look at time differences, I just go full-gas until the finish of the time trial and I will see what I get".

The Dutch rider, who is reigning world time trial champion, will have an opportunity to take time from Yates on next Tuesday's 32.4 kilometre test against the clock on next Tuesday's Stage 16.

While it would be extremely premature to extrapolate too much from the skirmish in the final 1,500 metres or so of stage 11, it would also be remiss to dismiss its relevance for the harsher tests still to come, not least because the afternoon also appeared to confirm the downward trajectory of some of the pre-race favourites, with Chris Froome (Team Sky) conceding another 40 seconds.

The Englishman, riding for Mitchelton-Scott, launched an opportunistic late attack in the run-in to the finish of stage 11 in the hilltop town of Osimo. I'm not scared of the third week; I'm scared of the time trial. "I could lose a lot of time".

Apparently suffering with a sore throat and allergies following the second rest day, Chaves, who was wearing the maglia azzurra and trailed team-mate Yates by 32 seconds in the overnight standings, had a day to forget. "But I have to keep trying because I still don't have enough".

Their lead grew to over three minutes but began to fluctuate as the race neared the halfway mark.

Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead
Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Mohoric was part of an earlier breakaway before getting away for good in the latter part of the stage. "I certainly haven't given up hope".

Froome now lies outside the top 10, with the Team Sky rider now over three minutes off the lead. "I'm going to keep plugging away".

"The team is motivated and I'm motivated".

France's Thibaut Pinot would end eight seconds adrift of Yates on the stage, which took place in the hometown of the late Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a training ride past year. They were swiftly joined by Fausto Masnada.

What was expected to be a quiet transition stage - over the longest distance of the entire giro at 244km - turned into a frantic day of racing after Chaves was dropped on the category two climb which opened the day's racing. The race ends in Rome on 27 May.

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