Yates out of Giro d'Italia GC race after dropping 11 minutes on Blockhaus

BLOCKHAUS ITALY MAY 15 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco react disappointed on arrival during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 9 a 191km stage from Isernia to Blockhaus 1664m Giro WorldTour on May 15 2022 in Blockhaus Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) after finishing stage 9 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Tim de WaeleGetty Images)

Simon Yates' GC challenge at the Giro d'Italia came to an abrupt end on the race's second summit finish of Blockhaus on Sunday, the Briton finishing 11:15 down on stage 9 after dropping 12km from the line.

The BikeExchange-Jayco leader had enjoyed a strong start to his Giro campaign, winning the stage 2 time trial in Budapest and coming away from the first mountain test on Mount Etna as the highest-placed GC contender in the overall standings.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.