Race Review: Yates Extends Giro Lead With Stage 11 Win

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As a result, Yates extended his lead on the general classification ahead of stage 12 tomorrow. I'm super happy for myself but, foremost, for my team Bahrain-Merida.

"I had already circled this stage before the Giro started", Mohoric said.

But once Chaves was dropped, the teams of overall hopefuls, including four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome, reigning champion Tom Dumoulin, local favourite Fabio Aru and French hope Thibaut Pinot, pushed the pace in the peloton to ensure Chaves never regained contact. Tom was chasing me all the way to the line, ' Yates said.

"I d prefer him still to be there, so we had more cards to play and tactics in the final".

The stage was raced on a hilly route over 156 kilometres from the central city of Assisi across to Osimo near the Adriatic coast.

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"I'm going to keep fighting, it's good to get this racing in the legs".

Froome was quick to highlight the hard of Stage 11 and how his crash ahead of the start of the race in Israel was still impacting him. "While he maintained a lead of around 2'30" at the back of the race Esteban Chaves was having the worst of days and with 50km to go was over ten minutes down.

Froome is trying to become the third person to win the three Grand Tour titles in a row. That's why I tried to drop him a few times before.

The hilly stage included a climb through Michele Scarponi's hometown of Filottrano in honor of the 2012 Giro victor who died after a collision with a van while training shortly before last year's race.

Three breakaway riders Alessandro De Marchi, Luis Leon Sanchez and Fausto Masnada were caught five kilometres from the line before two steep climbs to the finish.

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Stage 12 will comprise a 214km route from Osimo to Imola.

While Yates retains the maglia rosa jersey for the general classification leader, Froome's Giro - his first since 2010 - remains a disappointment.

"We decided before the stage that we wouldn't chase because normally on such a finale there are faster guys like Tim Wellens", explained Yates.

Then after a couple of milder stages, the race heats up again with a climb up Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and a grueling leg through the Dolomite Range on Sunday.

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