|Donning the Maglia Rosa, Britan Simon Yates has won stage nine of the Giro d’Italia to extend his overall lead.
The 25-year-old crossed the line ahead of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and teammate Esteban Chaves. With a time gap to their other rivals, Yates now leads the race by 32seconds to Chaves who moves up into second overall and 38seconds to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who drops to third.
Happy with the break:
Happy to let them contest the stage, Svein Tuft and Sam Bewleyrode tempo with the margin hovering between seven and eight minutes.
With 20km to go Mitchelton-SCOTT moved back to the front withRoman Kreuziger before Jack Haig took the reins and put in another mammoth effort to end the day of the final surviving breakaway riders before peeling off and leaving the rest up to his leaders with less than three kilometres remaining.
Timing his run to perfection, Yates left it to the final 100m to launch from the wheel and come around for a prestigious victory in the pink jersey.
Simon Yates – Stage winner/Race leader:
“From the beginning of the stage today, we were always thinking that if we kept the break close enough then it might be possible for the stage. Once Astana showed some interest in the stage then I knew it was possible. You never know deep into the final.”
“It was a very long stage, a hard race in the end, 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.”
Giro d’Italia stage nine results:
General Classification after stage 9: