Mohoric wins day as Chaves fades

Struggling Froome clinging to Giro d'Italia hope

Struggling Froome clinging to Giro d'Italia hope

The pink jersey wearer attacked on the final climb with a kilometre to ride to claim his second stage win this year, finishing two seconds ahead of defending champion Tom Dumoulin. "I'm super happy but would like a few easy days now before we get to the mountains".

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) retained his third place but now trails the race leader by one minute and four seconds.

The 25-year-old Mitchelton-Scott rider extends his lead on Dutchman Dumoulin by a further six seconds to 47sec.

1 Matej Mohoric (Svn) Bahrain-Merida 6hr 4min 52sec; 2 Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale at same time; 3 Sam Bennett (Ire) Bora-Hansgrohe at 34sec; 4 Enrico Battaglin (It) LottoNL-Jumbo; 5 Davide Ballerini (It) Androni-Sidermec; 6 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha; 7 Francesco Gavazzi (It) Androni-Sidermec; 8 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo; 9 Gianluca Brambilla (It) Trek-Segafredo; 10 José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha all at same time. That was a really tough finish.

Froome finished 40 seconds behind Yates to again slip out of the top 10.

Yates has extended his overall lead, however his team-mate Estaban Chaves was dropped on the opening climbed and has slipped out of the top ten overall. 'Really hard but happy I could get more time.

Two of the five riders ahead of Bennett on GC - Richard Carapaz and Tom Dumoulin - both came to grief and required bike changes in the last 20 kilometres, but managed to get back to the peloton, leaving only Chaves as the major victim from the stage.

Froome's bid to become just the third rider to win three successive Grand Tours already looks to be over, while a place on the podium is also slipping away. But I have to keep trying because I still don't have enough'.

'I'm definitely not going to lie, it took a whack out of me that crash before the start in Jerusalem and in this game if you're not at your absolute best there's nowhere to hide, ' Froome said. Im confident that Im going well and I have a great team to support me, but I know it wont be easy.

Yet Froome said he would not consider pulling out of the race to focus instead on winning a fifth Tour title in July.

Mohoric thanked his team, which is centered around Domenico Pozzovivo in fourth overall, for letting him go for the victory.

Stage 12 begins on Thursday in Osimo and runs 214km to Imola.

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