Simon Yates hails 'perfect day' as he moves into pink jersey at Giro d'Italia

Yates moves into race lead as Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves takes stage win

Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves celebrate in the pink and blue jerseys

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) ended his day in pink on top of Mount Enta – a "perfect day" for him in the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

The Englishman accelerated away from the favourites group with Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), and joined his team-mate Esteban Chaves who had been in the all-day 28-man move. Together they rode to victory: Chaves the stage, Yates taking the overall leader's pink jersey from Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.