Dennis loses Giro lead as Yates shines

Esteban Chaves

FDJ s Thibaut Pinot finished third, 26 seconds behind the leading pair, after a 164km ride between Caltanissetta and the summit finish at Etna, with Froome finishing in the same time as the Frenchman.

The only force he couldn't match was the superb showing from the Mitchelton-Scott team, who achieved a rare 1-2 finish atop the mountainous finish.

He now sits one minute and 11 seconds down on Yates, but has launched into the top 10 of the general classification, and based on this morning's showing, there should be a lot more to come over the next two weeks. Keeping you up to date about what is happening in Colombia is costly and not without risk.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintained his lead in the overall classification 16 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and 26 seconds ahead of teammate and stage 6 victor Esteban Chaves.

The peloton swept up Davide Ballerini, the last survivor of the day's breakaway, with 14 kilometres left of the 159km stage from Pizzo.

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"It was fantastic to wear the pink jersey - something I was hoping for, but you never really expect it". Esteban Chaves (Colombia, Mitchelton-Scott) - 0,264. "I just had to get that wheel, and have a bit of patience as well".

"It's very hard to get Viviani's wheel, they all want it and I had to fight for it". "I said to him as soon as I caught him that he could take the stage because if I had enough time I would take the jersey", Yates added.

"I feel as if I m getting better and better each day after Israel now, with the bigger picture in mind of getting to the third week as strong as possible and obviously this is the first main objective of the season for me and things are still on track".

Froome is now eighth in the generation classification, one minute and 10 seconds behind Yates. The peloton remained ever-watchful of those early breaks but eventually allowed a group of 28 riders to go clear, including Jacques Janse van Rensburg for Africa's Team.

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