Yates keeps Giro lead as Dennis wins stage

George Bennett posted the 56th quickest time during the stage 16 time trial

Simon Yates cleared a significant hurdle in his bid for overall glory as the English rider kept the leader's pink jersey after today's time trial, which was won by Australian Rohan Dennis.

"I wasn't losing so much time and I was really trying to hold my position, but then in the final 10k I really died a thousand deaths".

Domenico Pozzovivo remained over three minutes behind Yates and 39 seconds ahead of four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome as the races prepares to head into the Alps.

But a gutsy ride from the race leader Yates saw the 25-year-old Mitchelton-Scott rider limit his losses to just 75 seconds to chief rival Dumoulin - leaving him with a healthy lead of 56 seconds going into the final phase of the race.

Four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome also had a good day in the saddle moving to up fourth overall after finishing fifth, 35sec behind the Australian.

"To come here and repay the team for all their hard work, and jump back into the top 10 is a big day for me". I thought I would lose a lot more. We'll see. I have a bigger gap to the guys behind him as well - it's not only Tom.

"I wasn't good, I had no power".

"It's pretty good to beat time-trialists like Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin", Dennis said. "I hope there won't be any surprises in the future but for now I don't see any reason to doubt his..." I think that I'll be hurting a bit as well. "And by interesting I mean really s**t". Dumoulin was third, 22 seconds behind the BMC Racing Team cyclist.

But France's Thibaut Pinot lost more than three minutes on the stage victor to drop to fifth overall, 1min 8sec off Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo who occupies the final podium position.

"I wasn't good, I had no power".

Three decisive summit finishes in the Alps precede the final processional stage into Rome - but before then there's a potential banana-skin of a stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo.



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