Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Colombia's Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

Colombia's Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

Britain's Simon Yates has taken the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia after finishing second on stage six behind his Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves.

Bennett crossed the line in fourth place on the first mountain stage of the tour, which sees him leaps him into ninth place on the overall general classification.

"It felt really good", Yates (25) told Eurosport.

"I rode like a f.ing idiot".

Dumoulin raised his pace in response, as did Froome - belatedly - but the accelaration proved too much for Dennis, finally dropped after holding on valiantly in defence of his pink jersey. From the beginning, I said that I believe we have the strongest team and I still think so. With the peloton about to swallow up the remains of the lead group, Chaves decided this was the time to make his move, quickly catching and passing Ciccone and going clear on his own.

"It was a great day for us", Chaves was reported as saying by Cycling News.

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"I'm quite disappointed in myself". "We managed to get that massive group away at the start, and having me and Esteban in there was ideal". Well, maybe they were just smarter.

There was suspense all the way as both Mitchelton riders approached the finish line, but in the end Yates sat up to allow Chaves to savour the stage victory.

Yates added: "It was a insane day with lots of attacks going at the beginning".

"I've worked very well in Colombia to prepare for the Giro". "He'd been up the road all day and he deserved it". When Simon Yates caught me he said, come on, let's go, let's go, you take the stage today.

Chaves had been out front as part of a 28-man breakaway for most of the day and attacked on the final climb with five kilometres remaining, and swiftly built a significant advantage. "Hopefully that can help me in the next few stages", Yates explained. In the finale I rode with Yates, I was first and he claimed the "maglia rosa" (pink jersey).

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