Simon Yates makes it three at Giro d'Italia
May 20 2018 11:08 pm CET

Simon Yates makes it three at Giro d'Italia
Simon Yates makes it three at Giro d'Italia
Photo of Simon Yates by Mitchelton-Scott

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) has taken his third stage victory at the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Briton attacked with 18 kilometres remaining of the stage and crossed the finish line on his own.

The 15th stage of the Italian grand tour took the riders across the Dolomites with a 176-kilometre route that featured one third-category climb and three of the second category. The racing started with several attempts to escape by riders like Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida), Laurens Ten Dam (Sunweb) and Alessandro Di Marchi (BMC), among others.

The breakaway of Mikael Cherel, Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale), Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani CSF) and Dayer Quintana (Movistar) was successful and they got an advantage of more than two minutes over the peloton. Behind them, riders like Michael Woods (EF Education First), Antonio Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani CSF), tried to bridge to the front group but were reeled back in by the pack.

The ascent to the Passo di Sant' Antonio broke the front group and only Denz and Ciccone remained. On the same climb, Fabio Aru was dropped from the peloton.

On the penultimate descent, Denz took some risks and took some distance on the rest. Behind him, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) went to the head of the favourites' group to start the next climb with a good distance on the others. With 18 kilometres to go, Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) attacked and took Lopez with him, while other favourites like Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) stayed behind.

A kilometre later, after overtaking Denz and as the others got closer, Yates attacked again and this time nobody responded immediately. Meanwhile, a third group included riders like Chris Froome (Sky), Rohan Dennis (BMC), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe), and at more than 10 minutes behind the leader, Aru was struggling to get to the finish.

At seven kilometres from the end, and at the start of the last climb, Pinot attacked but was soon caught by the others. With 3.7 kilometres to go, Richard Carapaz (Movistar) attacked from the Dumoulin group and the speed dropped the defending champion.

Yates crossed the finish line on his own and got his third victory in this edition of the race. Behind, Dumoulin managed to get back to the chasing group and reached the line in third position behind Lopez and at 41 seconds from Yates.

Froome arrived at the finish line at one minute and 32 seconds from the Pink Jersey wearer.

Yates still leads the General Classification and Dumoulin is second at two minutes and 11 seconds.




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