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Simon Yates increases Giro d’Italia lead with stunning stage 15 victory

• Yates takes his third stage win of 2018 Giro after solo attack
• British rider has lead of 2min 11sec over Tom Dumoulin

Two days before the time trial which could prove a decisive moment in the 101st Giro d’Italia, Simon Yates took his third stage victory of at the Sappada ski resort on Sunday , extending his overall lead over the defending champion Tom Dumoulin beyond the two-minute barrier. It was a massive step towards what could be a first British win in the Giro, while the race favourite Chris Froome flopped badly following his stage victory on Saturday, with the overall win slipping further out of reach.

With two short sharp climbs in the final kilometres and a further ascent to the finish, this stage finish favoured Yates’s punchy, attacking style more than the relentlessly steep slopes of Saturday’s finish on Monte Zoncolan. He made two incisive attacks in rapid succession at the foot of the penultimate ascent, Costalissoio; the first pulled an elite group of half a dozen clear of the remnants of the lead peloton, while the second took him clear for good.

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