Chris Froome takes the victory on the Zoncolan in Giro d'Italia
May 19 2018 05:29 pm CET

Chris Froome takes the victory on the Zoncolan in Giro d'Italia
Chris Froome takes the victory on the Zoncolan in Giro d'Italia
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has taken the victory at the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia. A strong late attack gave the rider enough time to cross the finish line on his own on the Zoncolan.

The 14th stage of the Italian grand tour featured a 186-kilometre route that included the iconic Monte Zoncolan. The breakaway of the day was created by Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) and Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates), who were later joined by Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale), Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) and Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Triestina).

Mosca and Pedersen were the first riders to be dropped from the front group and at the end of the penultimate stage, an acceleration of Conti left most of the others behind with only Barbin able to follow.

The first rider to attack in the first metres of the Zoncolan was Dimension Data's Igor Anton. Meanwhile, the distance of the two men in front with the peloton seemed to be reduced by the kilometre.

With eight kilometres to go, Conti went ahead on his own as the climb proved to be too hard for Barbin, who was eventually caught by Anton and joined him for a moment until he couldn't follow him any longer. Behind, Astana and Bahrain-Merida took charge of setting the pace in the pack, which was too high for riders like Rohan Dennis (BMC) and Sergio Henao (Sky).

One kilometre later, Anton got to Conti and the two of them faced the next difficult metres of the climb. The duo was reeled back in at six kilometres from the finish line and right away EF Education First's Michael Woods tried his luck and took some metres on the reduced pack where Sky's Wout Poels set the rhythm.

With five kilometres to go, Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) was dropped from the group and soon after Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Woods stayed behind as well. At four kilometres from the end, Froome took control of the pace and soon created a gap with the rest.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) and Pink jersey wearer Simon Yates stayed together to try to catch the Sky leader, while behind them Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) slowly tried to get to the chasers.

With three kilometres to go, Yates increased the speed and left the others behind, going solo in the hunt for Froome. The race leader got closer to the Tour de France champion in the last kilometre but his efforts were not enough.

Froome crossed the finish line on his own and Yates arrived nine seconds later. Pozzovivo, Lopez and Dumoulin completed the top five of the day. The title defended limited the damage, finishing 31 seconds behind Yates.

Yates maintains the lead in the General Classification and his advantage on Dumoulin is now one minute and 24 seconds.






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