Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

The great mountain passes tend to catch the eye when the route of the Giro d'Italia is presented each autumn, but come May, some less heralded finales inevitably end up shedding important light on the general classification battle.

"But this was a long and ferocious race".

"I'm not 100 per cent obviously after all the issues I've had on the right, but I'm getting there and I'm optimistic I'm going to come right".

The weight of that gap is very much in the eye of the beholder - "47 seconds is not a lot, but it's already quite much", Dumoulin mused - but the Dutchman would surely sign now for a similar deficit going into next Tuesday's time trial. "I could lose a lot of time".

It was another hard day for reigning Tour de France and Vuelta a España champion Chris Froome, with the Briton losing another 40 seconds.

"I'm in a position where I need to gain time".

"We saw with Esteban Chaves how quickly things can change for the general classification riders, so we just have to keep plugging away and keep trying to do everything we can", Froome said.

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.

Solo attempts by German Tony Martin and Italian Marco Frapporti proved futile until finally a late escape by Slovene Mohoric and German Denz stuck.

Their sprint to the line was fiercely contested but Bahrain Merida's former UAE Team Emirates rider Mohoric had the strength to prevail.

Ireland's Sam Bennett won the sprint for third place 36sec later.

Action from Stage 10 of the Giro.

"I was not confident to beat Nico Denz".

"I feel as if I've been progressing throughout the race, still just chipping away and hoping to do the best I can. That's why I tried to attack him before", an elated Mohoric said after his gruelling ride.

"Our main goal remains to help (Domenico) Pozzovivo for the best overall ranking possible".

Yates and Dumoulin, the two favourites for the pink jersey, were part of the initial breakaway on the stage from Assisi to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.

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