Yates extends overall lead in the Giro D'Italia

Reigning champion Tom Dumoulin is second in the overall standings 16 seconds off the pace

Simon Yates of MItchelton-Scott has extended his lead at the Giro d'Italia after winning the Stage 9 summit finish on the Gran Sasso.

Completed the ninth stage of the 101st version of the famous Italian race.

"Tomorrow will be a bit more hard", added Yates of Sunday's ninth stage which finishes at 2,135 metres altitude at Gran Sasso d'Italia with a gruelling 26.5km climb at Campo Imperatore, where Benito Mussolini was imprisoned in 1943.

New Zealand cyclist George Bennett continues to be in the mix after a tough ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia.

"I realise how big it is to win my first stage with the pink jersey", said Yates, who became the first Briton since Mark Cavendish in 2013 to win a stage and only the second after Robert Millar in 1987 on the top of a mountain.

"From the beginning of the stage we always looked to think maybe if we keep the breakaway close enough there might be a possibility for the stage".


The battle for the honours was now on with Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) piling attack upon attack in the final two kilometres, but they were chased repeatedly by Pinot with Yates and Chaves on his wheel.

The four-time Tour de France victor crashed onto his right side as he did before the opening stage time-trial in Jerusalem, but he managed to finish in the leading group.

"I wanted to go for the win, but the other guys were better today", said Bennett said after the race.

Yates now has a 32-second lead over Chaves in the overall standings, with defending champion Tom Dumoulin 38 seconds back.

"Let's hope that we can quickly forget this stage". Despite help from a teammate it was clear that there would be some serious damage done to his position on GC.

Tomorrow the Giro-2018 second rest day, and on Tuesday the participants of the race will overcome the 239-km stage with three category nodes.

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