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Yates wins 9th stage to cement Giro lead, Froome loses time

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Cary Erickson | 14 May, 2018, 11:27

The seventh-place finish saw the LottoNLJumbo rider jump from 10th to seventh to sit 1m 33s behind Yates in the general classification.

The Brit completed the race in 5:54:13.

Race favourite Chris Froome of Sky once again slipped crashing on the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday as fellow Briton Simon Yates kept the overall leader's pink jersey.

Yates leads overall by 32 seconds from Esteban Chaves of Colombia, while Bennett is 93 seconds off the pace.

Yates was part of a five-man group that escaped in the final kilometres of the summit finish and attacked right at the end to edge out Thibaut Pinot.

The four-time Tour de France victor crashed onto his right side as he did before the opening stage time-trial in Jerusalem, but he managed to finish in the leading group. But he struggled at the end of the 225K (140-mile) route from Pesco Sannita up to Gran Sasso d'Italia and finished well down.

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Speaking after the 225km stage from Pesco Sannita, Yates said: Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage victor and Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates, said: "I realise how big it is to win my first stage with the Maglia Rosa".

'That one was for the boys, the big guys who've been riding on the front all day, ' a delighted Yates said.

It looked like a cyclist from the 14-man breakaway would win with an advantage of around eight minutes heading into the penultimate climb, less than 50km from the finish. 'They've had a couple of tough days.

"There are two long weeks coming up, so hopefully we will have better days".

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.