Chris Froome surprised to see 'untouchable' Yates unable to respond to attack at Giro d'Italia

Froome looks forward to explosive racing in the coming mountain stages

Chris Froome attacks on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that he was "surprised" as he put time into Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) on stage 18's Giro d'Italia summit finish to Prato Nevoso.

Froome leveraged an earlier attack from Team Sky team-mate Wout Poels. Over the following two kilometres, Poels drove the pace to help Froome put 28 seconds into Yates while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) followed.

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