Pink jersey honour for Yates at Giro d'Italia

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After catching Chaves, Yates allowed the Colombian to take the stage win, even though it will cost him four bonus seconds which could prove expensive down the line.

After a gruelling final climb along a 150m stretch of road, Aru crossed the line - under the shadow of the Etna Astrophysical Observatory - with the main peloton, just 26 seconds behind race victor Johan Eseban Chavez (Mitchelton Scott).

Chaves knew that the toughest section of the climb began with a shade over five kilometres to go, and he waited for that precise point to unleash his winning attack, dancing past Giulio Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) to solo clear.

Australian Rohan Dennis took a one second-advantage into the stage, but fell away in the final climb towards the top of Mt Etna.

With Chaves confidently ahead on his own, Yates bided his time amid a series of further skirmishes before pulling away in commanding fashion to join the Colombian in the final kilometre. "It's a dream for the team to have the stage, the pink jersey and the blue jersey". "I didn't really have to do anything, I could sit in the wheels and save energy". When Simon Yates caught me he said, come on, let's go, let's go, you take the stage today.

BC-CYC-Giro d'Italia, 133 Yates moves into overall lead of Giro, Chaves wins stage 6Eds: APNewsNow. "Hopefully that can help me in the next few stages", Yates explained.

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"I felt really good", Yates said afterwards.

It is a second stage win in the Giro for Chaves (after his success in 2016) - a remarkable achievement for the 28-year-old who was told he might never cycle again after a serious crash in 2013.

Chaves has moved up to third position and is 26 seconds back.

Yates, who won the young rider classification at last year's Tour de France, leads defending champion Tom Dumoulin by 16 seconds.

The Giro heads to the Italian mainland for Friday's seventh stage - a flat 159km route from Pizzo to Praia a Mare.

The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.