Yates soars into Giro lead, Chaves wins stage

Colombia's Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

Colombia's Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d'Italia's Mount Etna stage

"I said to him as soon as I caught him that he could take the stage, because if we had enough time then I was going to take the [pink] jersey", Yates explained.

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.

Chaves' stage win means that he now lies in third place overall, 26 seconds behind his teammate Yates and 10 behind the defending champion Dumoulin.

Coming out victorious was Esteban Chaves, though he was gifted the stage his ridiculously fast-finishing teammate Simon Yates, who moves into the leader's pink jersey while announcing himself as a serious contender for the overall title.

Froome - bidding for a third consecutive Grand Tour win - dropped 15 seconds and is now 1min 10sec behind Yates. "We need to go day by day, and we need to believe", said Chaves, who grinned and nodded in Yates' direction when asked who would be the protected rider at Mitchelton-Scott from here on in.

Chaves knew that the toughest section of the climb began with a shade over five kilometres to go, and he waited for that precise point to unleash his winning attack, dancing past Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) to solo clear.

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"The start was insane".

"It felt really good", the Yates told Eurosport. I could save some energy. I looked across the road and everyone was looking at each other.

"Chaves had been out on the road all day, so he deserved the stage win". Simon Yates (Britain, Mitchelton-Scott) 3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +0:26 4.

George Bennett of Team LottoNL-Jumbo has finished fourth in the latest stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The Englishman accelerated away from the favourites group with Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), and joined his team-mate Esteban Chaves who had been in the all-day 28-man move.

The Giro heads to the Italian mainland for Friday's seventh stage - a flat 159km route from Pizzo to Praia a Mare.

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