Simon Yates and Dumoulin a step ahead in Osimo

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On a bittersweet - but predominantly bitter - day for Mitchelton-Scott in Le Marche, race leader Simon Yates picked up a few intermediate sprint bonus seconds to strengthen his grip on the pink jersey as team-mate Chaves cracked on the first of three categorised climbs to finish more than 25 minutes down on stage victor Mohoric.

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

The Mitchelton-Scott rider attacked with 1.5 kilometres of today's Stage 11 from Assisi to Osino and on a tough final climb passed lone leader Tim Wellens of Lotto-Fix All.

Yates now leads Dumoulin by 47s.

"I'm glad to getting more time on Tom Dumoulin".

The 47-second buffer is insufficient with last year's victor Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) breathing down his neck and a time trial on the horizon. That leaves the four-time Tour de France victor 23rd overall and a huge three minutes and 20 seconds off his fellow Briton. Both made it back to the main pack.

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Before the sprint, Mohoric glanced over his shoulder to check on Denz but the German never passed him and Mohoric won in slightly more than six hours.

The weight of that gap is very much in the eye of the beholder - "47 seconds is not a lot, but it's already quite much", Dumoulin mused - but the Dutchman would surely sign now for a similar deficit going into next Tuesday's time trial.

"We saw with Esteban Chaves how quickly things can change for the general classification riders, so we just have to keep plugging away and keep trying to do everything we can", Froome said.

Mohoric thanked his team, which is centered around Domenico Pozzovivo in fourth overall, for letting him go for the victory. David Formolo (Italy, BORA - hansgrohe) - 0,054.

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

Then after a couple of milder stages, the race heats up again with a climb up Monte Zoncolan on Saturday and a grueling leg through the Dolomite Range on Sunday. The race ends in Rome on 27 May.