Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett moves into top 10 of Giro d'Italia

Esteban ChavesSportsColombia’s Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d’Italia’s Mount Etna stage by Adriaan Alsema Esteban ChavesSportsColombia’s Esteban Chaves victorious in Giro d’Italia’s Mount Etna stage by Adriaan Alsema
Elias Hubbard | 14 May, 2018, 00:18

Watch InCycle's highlights from stage 7 of the Giro d'Italia above.

"I made the break with Jack (Haig), I want to say thank you for Jack, he pulled a lot in the breakaway. I didn't really have to do anything, I could sit in the wheels and save energy", Yates said after becoming the first Brit to wear the Maglia Rosa since Mark Cavendish in 2013. How unbelievable is that? "Today the goal was to avoid losing seconds and I put in a good performance, so I'm satisfied".

Thursday was the first true test for the general classification favourites, finishing as it did on Mount Etna. The testing finish started with a sedate climb which then plateaued before the riders tackled the big test - Etna.

Froome, who has been off the pace at times so far, is one minute 10 seconds back.

"For the team it s great that (Froome) is riding well".

This was the first first time an Irish rider has claimed a stage at the Giro in 31 years, since Stephen Roche won a time trial on the way to overall victory in 1987. That was until Yates showed good legs to ride away from the reduced peloton and catch his teammate in the final 500m.

Bennett has stressed the importance of patience at the Giro - making sure he is in form in the final week - but he will also know how crucial it is to not lose time on the upcoming two stages.

That saw Yates seize a 16-second advantage over defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the general classification, with Chaves moving up to third.

"I wasn't super today but I was there so it was alright".

"Tomorrow, if I have the legs, I might try something. It's hard to draw conclusions based on today". Meintjes, meanwhile, has dropped down to 26th overall after a tough day in the saddle.

"They were really far back and I thought there was no way we'd come back because there was the chicane still to come and I thought for sure it would be one line so even if we did get back, would I still have the power still to go?"

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