Simon Yates soared up Mount Etna to take over as the new Giro d'Italia leader and his team-mate Esteban Chaves is up to third after winning a gruelling stage six.
The Kiwi rider now holds ninth position on the overall Giro d'Italia leaderboard, one minute and 11 seconds behind leader, Simon Yates of England. "I was too confident", he said. How unbelievable is that?
"I am happy to have made it through the stage without any major issues and to have been up there with the main GC guys bar Chaves and Yates - who rode an wonderful race today. Now we go to the mainland - we're super excited and will keep on dreaming".
"I knew that was going to happen eventually".
He now sits one minute and 11 seconds down on Yates, but has launched into the top 10 of the general classification, and based on this morning's showing, there should be a lot more to come over the next two weeks.
Louis Meintjes, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka's erstwhile on-road leader, was one of the first GC contenders to lose contact and the South African never latched back on.
"For the team it s great that (Froome) is riding well".
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"Being the first Irish stage victor since Stephen Roche in 1987 shows how hard it is to win a stage at the Giro d'Italia". No Briton has ever won the race since its inception in 1909.
Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the bunch to retain his 16-second lead over reigning champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in the general classification standings.
"I wasn't super today but I was there so it was alright".
"Tomorrow, if I have the legs, I might try something".
"I still have a good position int he GC but today I wasn't the best".
Chaves is third overall, 26 seconds behind the 25-year-old Yates.
"I feel as if I m getting better and better each day after Israel now, with the bigger picture in mind of getting to the third week as strong as possible and obviously this is the first main objective of the season for me and things are still on track".