Simon Yates maintains Giro d'Italia lead, Rohan Dennis wins time trial

Clark Diaz
May 25, 2018

Dumoulin was more than two minutes behind Yates heading into the 16th stage and, as a time trial specialist, it was seen as his best chance of taking the pink jersey from the Mitchelton-Scott cyclist.

Being in the lead after the time-trial changes my tactics for the remaining stages.

It was the first Giro d'Italia stage win for the rider from Adelaide who finished second in the opening stage time trial in Jerusalem behind Dumoulin and adds to his stage wins on the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Yates also had a very good day so all in all it's disappointing for us but it is what it is. "It wasn't the case, but I'm glad I could get one here today".

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Britain's Team Sky rider and reigning Tour de France victor Chris Froome lies a further 39 seconds back in fourth.

Dumoulin is 56 seconds adrift, but Italian Domenico Pozzovivo is a fair distance behind in third, three minutes and 11 seconds shy of Yates' overall time of 66 hours, 39 minutes and 14 seconds.

"I think there could be some guys hurting. From the start I felt I wasn't great", said Pinot, who posted the 66th-best time. "To come here and repay the team for all their hard work and to jump back into the top ten is a big day for me". For the (general classification), it will be hard. "The first half I felt good, I had a good rhythm and I felt I was going well, I wasn't losing so much time".

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"But despite sporting the rainbow skin suit as world champion, last year's Giro victor was unable to overturn the 2'11" deficit he held entering the stage - leaving Yates, by far the superior climber, in pole position with three summit finishes separating the riders from the final stage to Rome. But it looks to be a day for the breakaway as the GC guys save their legs for the final three mountain stages before Sunday's ceremonial finish.

Wednesday's 17th stage over 155km from Riva del Garda to Iseo, east of Milan, should suit the sprinters.

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