Mohoric claims Giro 10th stage, Yates maintains lead

Alberto Contador at the 2008 Giro d'Italia

Alberto Contador at the 2008 Giro d'Italia

He is one of just two British riders with more than one stage win in the same Giro, the other being Mark Cavendish.

Several teammates spent precious energy trying fruitlessly to escort Chaves back to the main pack. "I'm very disappointed for him because he's worked hard for this Giro".

Chaves's woes are a major blow to the overall hopes of his Mitchelton-Scott team.

"Now all of our energy will turn to looking out for Simon and protecting the maglia rosa (pink jersey)", White said.

As he had on Tuesday, when he gained bonus seconds at an intermediate sprint, Yates made the most of any chance to extend his lead.

"I was in a good position, the boys did a good job to get me up front, but Yates went, and I went after him, and I put myself in a bad spot and struggled to the line".

The four-time Tour de France victor now trails his fellow Briton by three minutes and 20 seconds as his hopes of winning the race continue to fade. Both made it back to the main pack.

"I never look at time differences, I just go full-gas until the finish of the time trial and I will see what I get. I'm motivated, the team's motivated and we're going to do as much as we can".

"I had already circled this stage before the Giro started", Mohoric said.

Once again, Bennett has come up just short of being able to keep the pace set by the top four favourites, but at the same time, has stayed composed to record another consistent finish when his other rivals faltered.

Irish rider Sam Bennett won a mass sprint to place third, 34 seconds behind.

The route passed by the site of the Rigopiano avalanche, which killed 29 hotel guests and staff previous year.

"It's not a two-way battle, because there are four to five guys who are still close".

Yates attacked with about 1.5 kilometers remaining of the 156-kilometer leg from Assisi to Osimo and held off Dumoulin on the steep climb to the finish to claim his second victory of the race.

Thursday's 214km ride will be over a flat route from Osimo to Imola, two days before a gruelling mountain stage with a summit finish on Monte Zoncolan.