Osimo, Italy: Overall leader Simon Yates produced a superb finish to win the 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday and gain a few more seconds on closest rival Tom Dumoulin ahead of next week’s individual time trial.
British compatriot Chris Froome lost more seconds and the four-time Tour de France champion’s chances of winning are all but over.
Yates attacked with about 1.5 kilometres remaining of the 156-kilometre leg from Assisi to Osimo and the Mitchelton-Scott rider held off Dumoulin on the steep climb to the finish to claim his second victory of the race.
Dumoulin, who is a time-trial specialist, was two seconds behind with Davide Formolo third, five seconds slower than Yates.
Yates stretched his advantage to 47 seconds over Dumoulin and 1:04 ahead of Thibaut Pinot, who is third overall.
The race ends in Rome on May 27.