Britain’s Simon Yates put in a elegant late assault to win his second stage of the Giro d’Italia and prolong his benefit within the chief’s pink jersey.
Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates, 25, kicked with 1.5km to go and held off the pursuit of defending champion Tom Dumoulin to win in Osimo.
Yates, who gained stage 9 on Sunday, now leads Dumoulin by 47 seconds total.
Workforce Sky’s Chris Froome misplaced extra time, ending 40 seconds down on Yates.
The four-time Tour de France champion has dropped to 12th total, three minutes 20 seconds behind Yates, following Wednesday’s 156km stage from Assisi.
Yates, who picked himself to win this stage in his information for BBC Sport, is barely the second Briton after sprinter Mark Cavendish to win a number of phases in the identical Giro.
Yates masters testing finale
With two steep climbs in a testing last 5km, together with cobbles and sections of 16% gradient, the peloton sprinted to the foot of the primary rise, swallowing up the ultimate two riders from the breakaway, Luis Leon Sanchez and Alessandro de Marchi.
Fast-Step Flooring’ Zdenek Stybar attacked, with stage 4 winner Tim Wellens bridging throughout because the pair constructed up a nine-second hole on the descent.
Froome was already in bother behind, however Yates and the remainder of the favourites reeled within the main pair because the street began to rise once more, with the Briton arrange by Australian team-mate Jack Haig to kick on and shortly set up a lead.
Dumoulin responded nicely to restrict his losses, with Domenico Pozzovivo and Thibaut Pinot shut behind, however Yates was in a position to maintain his tempo over the crest of the ultimate climb to cross the road two seconds in entrance of the Dutchman, additionally choosing up 4 bonus seconds for victory.
Yates wants each second of benefit he can recover from Dumoulin, with the world time trial champion anticipated to finish the 34.2km particular person time trial on stage 16 between one and two minutes quicker than the Briton.
However with the best way Yates is climbing, the competition for the maglia rosa appears to be like set to proceed deep into the ultimate week earlier than the race ends in Rome on 27 Could.
“It was an extremely difficult final,” Yates instructed Eurosport. “I am tremendous pleased however would really like a couple of straightforward days now earlier than we get to the mountains.
“I would like extra time on these form of phases. As a result of they’re fairly explosive, I can achieve a second or two on Tom right here. He is a gradual climber so it could be tougher to drop him once we get to the longer climbs.”
Froome will ‘hold combating’
Froome’s bid to turn out to be simply the third rider to win three successive Grand Excursions already appears to be like to be over, whereas a spot on the rostrum can also be slipping away.
The 32-year-old once more couldn’t reply to the assaults of his rivals on a brief, sharp climb, whereas key team-mate Sergio Henao was additionally caught up in a crash in the course of the finale.
But Froome stated he wouldn’t take into account pulling out of the race to focus as a substitute on successful a fifth Tour title in July.
“My crash before the opening stage in Jersualem took a whack out of me. I’ve had a lot of pain down my right-hand side, and if you’re not at your best, there is nowhere to hide,” he instructed Eurosport.
“I will hold combating – it is good to get the racing in my legs and I’ve not given up hope. You noticed with Esteban Chaves dropping time on stage 10 how shortly this race can change so I will hold plugging away.
“I am genuinely pleased for Simon. It is wonderful to see one other Briton within the pink jersey and he is obtained an actual likelihood of successful it.”
Thursday’s stage 12 runs 214km from Osimo to Imola and is predicted to finish in a bunch dash end.
Stage 11 consequence:
1. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 3hrs 25minutes 53secs
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Workforce Sunweb) +2secs
three. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora-Hansgrohe) +5secs
four. Alexandre Geniez (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale) +8secs
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) similar time
6. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe)
7. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ)
eight. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger/Fast-Step Flooring) +11secs
9. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing Workforce) +18secs
10. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Workforce Emirates) +21secs
General standing after stage 11:
1. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) 47hrs 8mins 21secs
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Workforce Sunweb) +47secs
three. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) +1min 4secs
four. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +1min 18secs
5. Richard Carapaz (Eu/Movistar) +1min 56secs
6. George Bennett (NZ/LottoNL-Jumbo) +2mins 9secs
7. Rohan Dennis (Aus/BMC Racing Workforce) +2mins 36secs
eight. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Professional Workforce) +2mins 54secs
9. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +2mins 55secs
10. Fabio Aru (Ita/UAE Workforce Emirates) +3mins 10secs
12. Chris Froome (GB/Workforce Sky) +3mins 20secs