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Giro d’Italia 2018: Live stream, TV channel, route, stages, schedule and more Chris Froome proved to be king of the mountain as the Team Sky rider raced back into the reckoning by winning Stage 14 of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday, finishing the brutal climb up Monte Zoncolan ahead of race leader Simon Yates.

Yates stretched his overall lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands to one minute 24 seconds, with Froome’s first-ever stage win at the Italian road race rocketing him up to fifth place from 12th in the general classification.

The four-time Tour de France champion, whose first two weeks in Italy were blighted by injury, still trails Yates by three minutes 10 seconds.

Froome finished the 186km stage with a lead of six seconds as the peloton disintegrated on what is widely regarded to be one of the most punishing climbs in European cycling.

But what do the full standings look like after the latest day of racing?It may have been the longest day of the race – with an unforgiving parcours featuring very little flat roads – but no one expected such drama as the Giro resumed following the second of three rest days.

Entering the stage with both team leaders occupying the first and second spot on the provisional podium, Mitchelton-Scott ended the day with Yates’ lead slightly extended – but with Chaves’ hopes of a podium finish blown to smithereens.

A flurry of early attacks ahead of the fateful Fonte della Creta climb saw a break of 17 riders – including Mohoric – eventually come together on the 16km Cat.2 climb. Local rider Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) took maximum points over the top to commemorate the victims of the tragic avalanche which killed 29 people and destroyed the nearby Hotel Rigopiano in January 2017.

Mohoric gave a glimpse of what was in store by breaking clear of his fellow escapees on the descent before being reeled in ahead of the next climb. By now, however, the gap back to the peloton had already come down after the early distancing of Chaves had spurred Team Sky – sniffing blood – onto the front.Ciccone picked up maximum points here, too, before sitting up with the majority of the break as the peloton closed in. Krists Nielands (Israel Cycling Academy) and Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) dug deep to keep the break alive in the pouring rain before Martin, the last man standing, called it a day with 137km remaining.

Despite coming down to 70 seconds, the gap started to grow again as Bora-Hansgrohe, Groupama-FDJ, LottoNL-Jumbo and Sunweb all had reason to help pulling alongside Sky.

And once Quick-Step threw in the towel and gave up on the hope of a hat-trick of stage wins for Viviani, the floodgates opened. Chaves led the chase in vain for a few kilometres before Mitchelton-Scott reassessed the situation and cut their losses.

With the team’s focus now firmly on Yates, the 25-year-old former track star symbolically came right to the front of the race in an intermediate sprint showdown with Pinot.

After the Frenchman attacked for bonus seconds, Yates showed his form by surging past Pinot and taking three seconds from his rivals, with his Groupama-FDJ rival settling for two seconds.

In the lull that followed, Italian veteran Frapporti attacked with 85km remaining and soon established a lead of almost three minutes on the pack.


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