Bennett third as Mohoric takes Giro stage 10

Annette Crawford
May 15, 2018

Matej Mohoric claimed victory on the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia that ended in Gualdo Tadino today.

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.

Yates' Mitchelton-Scott team mate Esteban Chaves had started the day ahead of Dumoulin in second place overall, but was badly off the pace, with the Colombian losing time on the first climb and slipping down the leaderboard into 39th place. I was going to go for the bonus sprint because I need to gain time on Tom Dumoulin but, when I saw Thibaut Pinot getting a lead out, I went past him.

A series of attacks began late in the day with stage honours on the line, and as the tension increased Dumoulin was caught in a small crash, with the Team Sunweb man needing a bike change before chasing back on.

"I was not confident to beat Nico Denz".

The fast-finishing bunch finished 34 seconds behind and Waterford sprinter Bennett managed to clinch third and he's now second in the points classification standings behind Elia Viviani. Their sprint to the line was fiercely contested but Mohoric had the strength to prevail.

Chris Froome finished safely in the pack and moves up to 10th in the general classification, still two-and-a-half minutes adrift of Yates in the race for the pink jersey.

Wednesday's Stage 11 is another lumpy one, covering 156km from Assisi to Osimo.

Bahrain Merida's Mohoric - a former junior and U23 world champion - showed his ability over all terrains, and through numerous showers, to deny Ag2R-La Mondiale's Denz on the captivating 244km stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino.

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