Froome climbs back into Giro top 10

15 May 2018

Froome climbs back into Giro top 10

Chris Froome climbed into the overall top 10 at the Giro d’Italia following a tricky 10th stage.

Team Sky rode hard during the test, helping to split the peloton following a tough start. Froome finished in the lead peloton into Gualdo Tadino, 34 seconds back on the day’s breakaway victor Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida).
Sergio Henao jumped clear with 30 kilometres to go and linked up with Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) in a bid to bridge across to the lead trio of escapees. Despite getting within 20 seconds the Colombian was hauled back, eventually finishing in the group alongside Froome and 
Froome was well supported throughout the day as Team Sky looked to control the pace, with Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio and Kenny Elissonde getting through a lot of work on the front.
At 244km the longest stage of the Giro saw action from the off, with the peloton tackling the second category Fonte della Creta climb shortly after the start in Penne.
With a breakaway up the road, Team Sky hit the front to set the tempo, and that upping of the pace saw the peloton begin to fracture. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) was the biggest name to drop time as a second group formed on the road.

As expected there were attacks on the day’s final categorised climb at Annifo, with Henao enlivening a tricky run-in on slick roads. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was among the riders caught out, with the defending champion making his way back to the bunch following a crash.
Froome now sits 10th overall, 2:30 back on the maglia rosa of Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).

Following his late attack Henao talked us through the day. He told “Obviously It has been a long and hard day since the beginning of the stage. Just a day after the rest day it’s a big shock for the body. These rest days are always very dangerous, all the more with a race like today, on a very long stage. But it’s cycling. Now it’s time to rest and think about tomorrow.
“It was a complicated run-in and the rain made it more dangerous. I’ve tried to go for the stage victory but it’s hard. Anyway, I’ve tried.” 

Stage 10 result:

1. Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida) 6:04:52
2. Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale) s.t.
3. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) +34"
4. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) s.t.
5. Davide Ballerini (Androni - Sidermec - Bottecchia) s.t.
15. Chris Froome (Team Sky) s.t.

Overall standings:
1. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 43:42:38
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +16”
3. Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) +46”
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida) +1'00”
5. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) +1'23”
10. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +2’30"