Publicado: Lun, May 14, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett maintains top 10 place at Giro d'Italia

Kiwi cyclist George Bennett maintains top 10 place at Giro d'Italia

Dennis (BMC Racing) is 53 seconds behind Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year's Tour de France and becomes the fourth Briton to wear the pink jersey after Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Millar.

And it was Bora-Hansgrohe left celebrating victory as Bennett latched on to the wheel of Quick-Step Floors' Viviani and overcame the Italian in the closing metres.

The 159km stage from Pizzo to Praia a Mare was always likely to end in a bunch sprint, but with two stage wins to his name already, Viviani was a strong favourite.

Yates started the day in third place, 17 seconds behind race leader Rohan Dennis, before the gruelling 169km stage to a finish on Mount Etna. "I had the power, I knew what I was capable of, but it's one thing having the belief and another thing doing it", said the Carrick-on-Suir man.

"The first few stages I just got the timing a bit wrong".

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"It was very hard to get Viviani's wheel, everyone wanted that wheel, and we had to fight for it". I really want to thank the whole team they have got to this point.

There was an early break of three cyclists and the peloton allowed Davide Ballerini, Markel Irizar and Maxim Belkov an advantage of more than four minutes before it began to reel them in.

New Zealand's George Bennett finished towards the rear of the peloton in 30th and remains ninth overall.

Colombian Esteban Chaves, of the Mitchelton team, won a thrilling sixth stage of the Giro d Italia ahead of teammate Simon Yates on Thursday which saw Britain s Chris Froome lose more time to his pink jersey rivals.

Four-time Tour de France victor Froome was in eighth place, 1 minute, 10 seconds behind. "It was a little bit stressful in the final but it's always like that". "It was good that with not the best legs I could still hang on", said Dumoulin in his post-stage media responsibilities. "I looked across the road and everyone was looking at each other".

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