Stage 11 from Assisi to Osimo

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Overall leader Simon Yates produced a superb finish to win the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia and gain precious time on closest rival Tom Dumoulin ahead of next week's individual time trial.

The pink jersey wearer attacked on the final climb with a kilometre to go finishing two seconds ahead of defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands.

Team Sky's Chris Froome's struggles continued, with Britain's four-time Tour de France champion now two minutes and 30 seconds behind the leader in 10th place.

Bennett finished 12th on the 11th stage to cling on to sixth overall.

"I'm in a position where I need to gain time".

But Yates's Colombian team-mate Esteban Chaves had a disastrous day as he was distanced on the opening climb of the 244km stage from Penne to Gualdo Tadino and lost more than 25min to drop out of overall contention having started the day second at 32sec.

"I certainly haven't given up hope", insisted Froome.

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Once again, Bennett has come up just short of being able to keep the pace set by the top four favourites, but at the same time, has stayed composed to record another consistent finish when his other rivals faltered. "I'm going to keep plugging away".

Italy's Davide Formolo was third, a further three seconds behind, after the 156km hilly route from the central city of Assisi across to Osimo near the Adriatic coast. "I'm going to keep fighting".

That lead is still held by Simon Yates. "I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds".

"It was a tough day, it wasn't as long as yesterday, but it was another pretty brutal finish", said Froome.

France's Thibaut Pinot would end eight seconds adrift of Yates on the stage, which took place in the hometown of the late Michele Scarponi, who was killed in a training ride a year ago.

"Really hard but happy I could get more time".

Three breakaway riders Alessandro De Marchi, Luis Leon Sanchez and Fausto Masnada were caught five kilometres from the line before two steep climbs to the finish. The race ends in Rome on 27 May.

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