Yates secures second stage win to extend Giro d'Italia race lead

Yates secures second stage win to extend Giro d'Italia race lead

Yates now leads by 41 seconds from Dutchman Dumoulin, with Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ in third at 46 seconds and home hopeful Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) a minute off the lead.

"No, no, I'm going to keep fighting, it's good to get this racing in the legs".

"There was a plan from the beginning".

However, while his unlikely odds of overall victory get longer by the day, Bennett's prospects of a top 10 - or top five - finish continue to improve, with several of his general classification rivals suffering worse fates on the frenetic finish to a fast-paced stage.

"I'm not 100 per cent obviously after all the issues I've had on the right, but I'm getting there and I'm optimistic I'm going to come right". That's why I tried to attack him before.

Best of the Irish is Nicholas Roche, who remains just inside the top 50, 35.23 down on Yeats.

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The French club's hopes faded after Payet went off injured in the 31st with what appeared to be a thigh injury. The irrepressible Griezmann started and finished the move for his second, four minutes into the second half.

Bennett headed into the day 1m 36s behind stage victor and pink jersey holder Simon Yates, but he now sits 2m 9s behind the Brit after his progress was stalled after he broke his chain on the final climb and had to change his bike. Tom is a bit more of a steady climber, he is super hard to drop but these are the stages where I can gain some time.

Colombian rider Egan Bernal of Team Sky surged late in the final climb to win Monday's second stage of the Tour of California cycling race, seizing the overall lead.

British compatriot Chris Froome lost more seconds and the four-time Tour de France champion's chances of winning are all but over. "I certainly haven't given up hope".

The hilly stage included a climb through Michele Scarponi's hometown of Filottrano in honor of the 2012 Giro victor who died after a collision with a van while training shortly before last year's race.

Stage 12 is a 214km ride to Imola.

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