Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
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Chris Froome: Bid to add Giro title not 'likely'

Chris Froome: Bid to add Giro title not 'likely'

Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates climbed to victory in the 225km ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia, which finished on the Gran Sasso today.

"The Zoncolan won't the be the only stage, we saw that there are stages that will make the difference, between the time trial and that stage there we will see in what direction this race is going". Until the very last kilometer the main GC contenders stayed together in the same group and only inside the final 1000 meters a powerful uphill sprint decided the stage victor: the maglia rosa Simon Yates opened his sprint with 100 m to go to take the stage ahead of Thibaut Pinot and Esteban Chaves. "In general, when you talk to the riders you can tell everyone wants to win".

However, Bennett said Tour de France champion Froome, who 2min 27sec back in 11th place, "is basically out of the equation" after he lost significant time on stage nine. But the Team Sky cyclist struggled at the end of the 225-kilometer (140-mile) route from Pesco Sannita up to Gran Sasso d'Italia and is now 2:27 behind his countryman.

The general classification was unchanged and Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year's Tour de France, retained his 16-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin. The victor of the first stage That Dumoulin takes the second place.

The 32-year-old crashed before the opening time trial in Jerusalem and during stage eight on Saturday, and he has put his indifferent form down to a training plan tailored to see him peak in the last week of the Giro in order to be in good shape for the Tour.

"They've had a couple of tough days, always riding on the front for some very long stages, so that's for those guys".

'We have two more weeks coming up and hopefully we have some better days, ' he said. "And that's something that I hope today's rest day will help compensate for that a little bit", Froome continued. "Let's hope that we can quickly forget this stage".

Tomorrow the Giro-2018 second rest day, and on Tuesday the participants of the race will overcome the 239-km stage with three category nodes.

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