Simon Yates storms to Giro d'Italia lead

  • Simon Yates storms to Giro d'Italia lead

Simon Yates storms to Giro d'Italia lead

Dennis lost touch with the leaders, despite his gutsy effort on the tough climb to the summit finish of stage six at Sicily's Mt Etna. The Groupama-FDJ rider led the peloton over the line, 26 seconds behind the leading duo.

The peloton being controlled by Quick-Step, Willier and Mitchelton Scott obviously with the former aiming to put Elia Viviani in prime position come the finish.

While Mitchelton-Scott's Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates took the plaudits as stage victor and new race leader, respectively, on Thursday's sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia to Mount Etna, their teammate Jack Haig was very much "man of the match".

After a gruelling final climb along a 150m stretch of road, Aru crossed the line - under the shadow of the Etna Astrophysical Observatory - with the main peloton, just 26 seconds behind race victor Johan Eseban Chavez (Mitchelton Scott). Simon Yates was the first to wear a leadership shirt on the race of the Grand tour.

'It felt really good, ' said the Bury rider.

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

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Bennett latched onto Viviani's wheel at the end of the flat 159km ride from Pizzo to Calabria, before bursting past the Italian to grab his first-ever win on a Grand Tour.

Yates' fellow Brit - four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, is eight in the general classification, one minute and ten seconds behind his compatriot.

South African Meintjes, who returned to "Africa's team" for the 2018 season, was hoping to turn around a disappointing early season in Italy, but a week into the three-week race, he has so far not shaped against the other pink-jersey contenders.

"Nothing changes from today".

"Day by day I'm feeling better and better", Aru said after the stage.

"I knew that was going to happen eventually".