A day at the Giro d’Italia that was said to be one for the puncheurs and stage hunters was taken by Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) as he did the pink jersey proud with a scathing solo attack 1.5km from the finish.
Riding the 156km stage from Assisi to Osimo, the main target of the day would’ve been to protect the Maglia Rosa but when the day’s breakaway was caught with just 4km from the finish the Brit decided to launch his own attack right before the punchy finish.
Defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was one of few other GC candidates who managed to go with the small Mitchelton-Scott rider but having counter attacked so far back struggled to catch up with the 26-year-old.
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Riding into the cobbled streets of Osimo on his own, Yates made sure to keep checking the Dutchman’s position as he powered through to the finishing straight, only celebrating when victory was confirmed at the line.
The attack gave him an extra 10 seconds to the lead but Dumoulin who finished 2 seconds back would be buoyed by the 6 bonus seconds he received meaning Yates only got 6 seconds on the Team Sunweb rider.
Other riders like Chris Froome (Team Sky) suffered again as he dropped out the top 10 after starting the day 2 minutes and 30 seconds down on his compatriot.
Yates’ teammate, Esteban Chaves, helped his team leader after completely dropping out the overall race in stage 10 following a bizarre start. Finishing the day nearly 5 minutes down on Yates, Chaves position as team player is confirmed now.
The GC riders will take a breather on stage 12 now as the flat day will be one for the likes of the sprinters like Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).