A late attack in the final couple of kilometres of stage 11 enabled Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates of Britain to claim his second stage win of the Giro d'Italia. He is one of just two British riders with more than one stage win in the same Giro, the other being Mark Cavendish.
What was expected to be a quiet transition stage turned into a frantic day of racing after Chaves was dropped on the category-two climb that opened the day's racing. "Straight after the rest day, you don't know how the body responds". I first thought Esteban Chaves would be able to come back but it was a really insane stage and Im very disappointed for him as I know he's worked very hard for this.
The Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates, said: We had an extremely hard start. Tom was chasing me all the way to the line, ' Yates said. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".
But once Chaves was distanced, the teams of overall hopefuls including four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome, reigning champion Tom Dumoulin, local favourite Fabio Aru and French hope Thibaut Pinot, pushed the pace in the peloton to ensure the Colombian never regained contact.
As star sprinter and points leader Elia Viviani stuck with Chaves, the race split into two as general classification and sprint teams in the peloton worked together to distance them. Both made it back to the main pack.
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He's getting better as the race goes on.
'I certainly haven't given up hope, ' Froome said. "I felt good all day and I'm really pleased that I took advantage of the opportunity".
Ireland's Sam Bennett won the sprint for third place 36sec later. Four children and five adults were pulled alive from the snow and debris days after the avalanche.
Yates attacked with about 1.5 kilometers remaining of the 156-kilometer leg from Assisi to Osimo and the Mitchelton-Scott rider held off Dumoulin on the steep climb to the finish to claim his second victory of the race.
Then after a couple of milder stages, the race heats up again with a climb up Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and a grueling leg through the Dolomite Range on Sunday.