Yates collapses, Chris Froome attacks and tops GC at Giro d'Italia
May 25 2018 11:11 pm CET

Yates collapses, Chris Froome attacks and tops GC at Giro d'Italia
Yates collapses, Chris Froome attacks and tops GC at Giro d'Italia
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has conquered his second stage victory at the 2018 Giro d'Italia. After spending most of the stage on his own, the Briton crossed the finish line with a large enough gap to take the Pink Jersey.

The 19th stage of the Italian grand tour featured the penultimate summit finish of this edition and was 185 kilometres long between Venaria Reale and Bardonecchia. The racing day started with the escape of 14 riders that included names like Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Laurens Ten Dam (Sunweb), Sergio Henao and David de la Cruz (Sky), but that was finished with the second ascent.

The climb of the infamous Colle delle Finistere offered the show cycling fans were awaiting. A reduced group of the favourites including Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Chris Froome (Sky), Richard Carapaz (Movistar) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) took an advantage and managed to drop a Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) that lost time fast.

Some kilometres later, Froome left the others behind and kept attacking the mountain on his own. Behind him, Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) joined the Dumoulin group, which also included Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Carapaz and Lopez. This chase group rode on to try to catch the Tour de France champion.

The gap of Froome with Dumoulin gave him the virtual Pink Jersey throughout most of the stage until the end of the day, when he crossed the finish line on his own, taking his second victory in the Corsa Rosa.

Carapaz attacked in the last metres, taking bonification seconds while Lopez crossed the line in the third position. Dumoulin arrived in the line in fifth position, at 3'23" from the winner.

With that, the gap between Froome and Dumoulin, with one mountain stage to go, is now 40 seconds.






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