Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yates Holds on to Pink Jersey with Four Days Left in the Giro

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Yates Holds on to Pink Jersey with Four Days Left in the Giro

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BURY'S Simon Yates is one step closer to an historic Giro d'Italia victory as he held on to the pink jersey.

Quick-Step Floors' Eila Viviani won the 155-kilometre stage 17 from Riva del Garda to Iseo in a rain-soaked sprint finish.

But there was no change at the top of the general classification, in which Mitchelton-Scott's Yates leads by 56 seconds from defending champion Tom Dumoulin.

Italian Domenico Pozzovivo of Bahrain-Merida is third, three minutes and 11 seconds down, putting him 39 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Chris Froome of Team Sky. Fifth-placed Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is a further 29 seconds back.

Yates' time of three hours 18 minutes and 57 seconds left him in 28th position on the day as he maintained his title bid by finishing safely among the main pack, which included nearest rivals Dumoulin, Pozzovivo, Froome and Pinot. …

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