Yates claims 11th stage of Giro d'Italia in Osimo
The overall leader, British rider Simon Yates of the Mitchelton-Scott team, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the eleventh stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, over 156 km from Assisi to Osimo, Italy, May 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO
Osimo, Italy, May 16 (efe-epa).- British cyclist Simon Yates of Mitchelton took the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, a 156-kilometer stretch from Assisi to Osimo.
Yates proved himself as one of the competition's strongest, completing the stage, which culminated in a demanding final five kilometers, in 3 hours, 25 minutes and 53 seconds.
"I'm trying to get time. It was a really, really tough finish with the pave, but happy to gain time and win the stage," Yates said, adding, "I still have nothing. I gave everything."
Dutchman Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb came second, while Italian Davide Formolo finished third.
Yates' win ensured he maintained his grip on the pink jersey, and saw him strengthen his position at the top of the general classification with a 47-second advantage over Dumoulin.
Thursday's stage would see the pack tackling a 213-km route from Osimo to Imola.