Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Chris Froome: Bid to add Giro title not 'likely'

Chris Froome: Bid to add Giro title not 'likely'

Froome's struggles should benefit Bennett, who is vying to become the first Kiwi to finish in the top-10 at the Giro d'Italia, as it is another major contender he won't have to worry about. Davide Formolo led the peloton over the line to finish second, seven seconds behind. Thibaut Pinot (France, FDJ) 3. The Movistar cyclist claimed his first win in a Grand Tour, and the first for Ecuador. "In general, when you talk to the riders you can tell everyone wants to win". He responded, "I wouldn't say unlikely, but it's certainly put me in a very challenging position". I chose the right moment from 2km to go.

Bouwman, who attacked from the breakaway early in the climb, was the last to be swept up as Carapaz passed him in the final kilometer.

Yates' teammate Esteban Chaves was third, leapfrogging defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the overall standings and moving into second place, 32 seconds off the pace.

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"We haven't got so much time on (Dumoulin), 38 seconds of an advantage on him isn't enough before the time trial", Yates said. "As we've seen in riders who've done that in the past, they reach July and have nothing", Froome said. "I kept attacking and we were getting gaps but we just weren't working together whereas Yatesy was getting a free ride and he just timed it to perfection".

"Maybe I would have liked to take some bonus seconds in the final, but I got a little boxed in and I couldn't get out to sprint". I had the power, I knew what I was capable of, but it's one thing having the belief and another thing doing it.

Tour de France and Vuelta champion Froome, now trying to clear his name after returning an adverse analytical finding for elevated levels of the anti-asthma drug salbutamol during the Spanish race, had begun the Giroin Jerusalem with the aim of being just the third cyclist in history to win three consecutive Grand Tours.

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He wrote: 'I won't lie to you, I cried last Sunday - twice. "This was my life every year and I don't know anything else so of course it will be hard ".

Although he cracked on Sunday and lost over a minute to his chief rivals, and although he now sits a full two minutes 27 seconds behind the race lead, Chris Froome has refused to rule out winning the Giro d'Italia.

The peloton will tackle another mountain stage tomorrow over a 225 kilometres route from Pesco Sannita to Gran Sasso.

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