Chris Froome storms to Giro d'Italia lead as Simon Yates falters

Chris Froome
Chris Froome

Chris Froome charged into the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia with a stunning solo ride to win stage 19 while former leader Simon Yates slid well out of contention.

Team Sky star Froome attacked with 80 kilometres of the demanding 181km stage from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia left and won the stage by two minutes and 59 seconds from Movistar's Richard Carapaz.

Froome, who started the day in fourth place in the general classification, three minutes and 22 seconds off pink, now leads from 40 seconds from defending champion Tom Dumoulin.

Meanwhile, Froome's fellow Briton Yates, who began with a 28-second advantage over Dumoulin, is now more than 35 minutes off the pace.

Froome told Eurosport: "I don't think I've ever attacked with 80km to go like that before on my own, and got all the way to the finish.

"But the team did such a fantastic job to set that up for me. It was going to take something really special to try and first of all get rid of Simon, to get away from Dumoulin and (Domenico) Pozzovivo and to go from fourth to first.

"I wasn't going to do that on the last climb alone so I had to try it from a long way back and Colle delle Finestre was the perfect place to do it - a gravel road which reminds me of the roads back in Africa.

"I tried to stay within my limits and stay within myself there, so hopefully we can finish this off tomorrow."

If Froome's win was one of the most emphatic of his career there were reminders of the ongoing controversy generated by his adverse analytical finding for Salbutamol at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.

At one point as he struck out alone, Froome, who has spoken openly about his need to control his asthma, was pursued by two spectators dressed as doctors and carrying a giant inhaler.

Froome is bidding to hold all three Grand Tour titles at the same time, following on from his fourth Tour de France crown and La Vuelta win last season.

And while it proved an astonishing change in fortunes for Froome, who at one point earlier in the race was almost five minutes off pink, Yates endured a stage he will wish to forget.

The Michelton-Scott rider began to struggle as soon as the riders hit the daunting Colle delle Finestre at the mid-point of the stage, at the same time as the roads turned to gravel and Froome began to turn on the style.

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