Simon Yates still confident of defending Giro d'Italia lead despite difficulties on stage 18

Brit sees his lead halved to just 28 seconds

Simon Yates chases after being dropped on stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) showed weakness for the first time at the 2018 Giro d'Italia on Thursday.. Deep into Piedmont, at the Prato Nevoso ski station, the pink jersey drifted after attacks by Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky).

Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) won the stage from an escape group while around two kilometres back down the 13.9-kilometre final climb, Team Sky's Chris Froome attacked to follow an earlier move by team-mate Wout Poels.

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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.