Chaves edges new Giro leader Yates on Stage 6

Rita JamesMay 13, 2018

'It felt really good, ' said the Bury rider.

He employed interesting tactics to claim the win, preferring to eschew his leadout riders for a spot on the wheel of big favourite, and two-time stage victor already, Elia Viviani.

Colombian Esteban Chaves, of the Mitchelton team, won a thrilling sixth stage of the Giro d Italia ahead of teammate Simon Yates on Thursday which saw Britain s Chris Froome lose more time to his pink jersey rivals.

This came after two thirds in the first week of this year's edition and a string of seconds and thirds in last year's race.

Yates started the day in third place, 17 seconds behind race leader Rohan Dennis, before the gruelling 169km stage to a finish on Mount Etna. "So I got confidence from the fact that they can go a little bit deeper than me with their spikes of power, but that they can't sustain it, and I have to keep reminding myself of that". "I just had to get that wheel, and have a bit of patience as well".

"I just missed it, sadly, but it's certainly within reach later ... and really I'm so pleased to be up there with the best again on one of the most iconic climbs around and in the Giro d'Italia".

He now sits one minute and 11 seconds down on Yates, but has launched into the top 10 of the general classification, and based on this morning's showing, there should be a lot more to come over the next two weeks.

Bennett is the first Irish victor of a Giro d'Italia stage since Stephen Roche in 1987.

"Nothing changes after today".

Dennis was far from despondent at losing the pink jersey. "I appreciate that there are some riders who are stronger than me now, but the Giro is very long and it's still only the 6th stage. I was too confident", he said. The peloton remained ever-watchful of those early breaks but eventually allowed a group of 28 riders to go clear, including Jacques Janse van Rensburg for Africa's Team.

"I am not that far behind the leaders".

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