The first major climbing test of the 2018 Giro - the challenging Mt Etna stage. Image: Giro d'Italia
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Giro d’Italia: Simon Yates Holds 30+ Second Lead As Stage 10 Starts

Mitchelton Scott’s Simon Yates has enjoyed a stunning stage victory in pink, the Giro d’Italia leader winning the Gran Sasso summit finish of the 225km Stage 9 at the Italian Grand Tour.

On overall standings 25yo Yates is now 32 seconds ahead of teammate Esteban Chaves, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) third, 38 seconds back. Chris Froome – one of the pre-race favourites – has slipped out of the top 10 and is in 11th overall, more than 2m 20s minute back.

Yates celebrates the stage win, race lead and third day in the pink jersey. Image: Sirotti.

“That one was for the boys, the big guys who’ve been riding on the front all day,” said Yates thanking his team mates Roman Kreuziger and particularly Aussie powerhouse Jack Haig.

Yates crosses the high altitude line to win the stage. Image: Sirotti.

“It was a very long stage, a hard race in the end,” Yates continued. “I’m really tired but I’m happy that I managed to win the stage. I said from the beginning that we came here to win.”

After the stage Froome told Cyclingnews he was “having a tough day.”

“I’ve definitely had a rough start to this Giro,” he continued. “Today I was just trying hang on as best I could, obviously make it to the rest day tomorrow and then reevaluate the position from there.”

Giro d’Italia Stage Nine Results
1. Simon Yates(Mitchelton-SCOTT) 05:54:13
2. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) ST
3. Esteban Chaves(Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General Classification After Stage Nine
1. Simon Yates(Mitchelton-SCOTT) 37:37:15
2. Esteban Chaves(Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:32
3. Tom Dumoulin (Team-Sunweb) +0:38

The steep and stunning summit finish of Stage 9 at Gran Sasso d’Italia. Image: Sirotti

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