Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Sam Bennett Came Agonisingly Close To Yet Another Stage Win Today

Sam Bennett Came Agonisingly Close To Yet Another Stage Win Today

"I don t think I ve ever attacked with 80k s to go like that on my own and gone all the way to the finish but the team did such a fantastic job to set that up for me", said Froome. Yates also had a very good day so all in all it's disappointing for us but it is what it is.

Four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome also had a good day in the saddle, moving up to fourth overall after finishing fifth, 35 seconds behind the Australian.

Simon Yates will be looking to protect his 56-second lead over Tom Dumoulin in the race for the leader's pink jersey.

Yates is in a strong position to become the first Briton to win the Giro, with the race heading back into the mountains on Thursday where the 25-year-old Bury native will look to take more time away from time trial specialist Dumoulin.

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"I felt good in the first half".

"I'm really happy", Yates said after finishing 22nd in the race against the clock.

I had a few slips and just lost the nerve.

Ahead of Dennis's victory, Denmark's Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Britain's Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) amd Dutchman Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) all sat in the hot seat before German powerhouse Martin, a quadruple former world TT champion, rolled back the years with an imperious display. "Unfortunately for the fans I can be a lot more defensive". In the final 10 kilometres I died a thousand deaths. Just behind Froome the Italian national champion, Fabio Aru, created the one major shock with fifth place - surprising for a rider who had looked close to quitting the race on Sunday - while the Essex rider Alex Dowsett posted a respectable seventh.

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"I've got a bigger gap to the guys behind me", Yates said.

Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) took a blistering victory at the 34.2-km course from Trento to Rovereto but it was Mitchelton-Scott's Yates who deserved all the plaudits for another gutsy ride. "I knew I had a good chance from the breakaway. From the start I felt I wasn't great", said Pinot who posted the 66th best time.

Three decisive summit finishes in the Alps precede the final processional stage into Rome - but before then there's a potential banana-skin of a stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo.

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