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Cycling | Giro

Schachmann wins stage after epic escape



Giro d'Italia leader Simon Yates buckled then rallied as his rivals took turns to attack him on the final steep climb to a summit finish on stage 18, which was won by Germany's Max Schachmann after a long breakaway.

As the main contenders came up the final 18km climb, long after the 24-year-old Schachmann had finished, defending champion Tom Dumoulin made the first bid to drop Yates, who initially stuck to his wheel with about 1.5km to go.

Then, on a gravelly surface devoid of tarmac, pre-race favourite Chris Froome launched a spectacular assault and was followed by Dumoulin and third placed Domenico Pozzovivo while Yates was unable to answer.

A haggard looking Yates dug deep however and limited the damage, crossing the finish line 28 seconds adrift of Dumoulin and Froome thereby maintaining half his advantage. Yates holds a 28-second lead over the Dutchman in the overall standings with two brutal mountain stages still to contest.

Pozzovivo is third at 2min 43sec and Froome remains fourth at 3 min 22 sec.

Schachmann had been part of a ten rider escape group that opened a lead of over 14 minutes on the main contenders at the start of the final climb.

The Quick Step man won easily in the end, a fifth stage on this Giro for the Belgian team, as he outsprinted Spain's Ruben Plaza.

STAGE RESULTS

1. Maximilian Schachmann (GER/QST) 4hrs 55min 42sec.

2. Ruben Plaza (ESP/ICA) at 10.

3. Mattia Cattaneo (ITA/AND) 16.

4. Christoph Pfingsten (GER/BOR) 1:10.

5. Marco Marcato (ITA/EU) 1:26.

6. Michael Morkov (DEN/QST) 1:36.

7. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (RUS/KAT) 1:52.

8. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 3:22.

9. Alex Turrin (ITA/WIL) 3:29.

10. Davide Ballerini (ITA/AND) 5:09.

11. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/ST) 10:48.

12. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 11:03.

13. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) 11:03.

14. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 11:03.

SELECTED

20. Simon Yates (GBR/MIT) 11:31.

24. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 11:36.

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Simon Yates (GBR/Mitchelton) 75hrs 06mins 24sec.

2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) at 28.

3. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 2:43.

4. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 3:22.

5. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 4:24.

6. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/AST) 4:54.

7. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) 5:09.

8. Pello Bilbao (ESP/AST) 5:54.

9. Richard Carapaz (ECU/MOV) 5:59.

10. Patrick Konrad (AUT/BOR) 7:05.



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