Elia Viviani wins stage 17 as Simon Yates retains pink

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Elia Viviani sprinted to his fourth victory of this year's Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, and Simon Yates maintained his hold on the leader's pink jersey after the 17th stage. "I came to the Giro to win a stage".

Today's 155km stage from Riva del Garda to Iseo features a climb straight out of the blocks and it will be interesting to see whether any of the GC hopefuls attack, particularly given the difficulties experienced by Yates's Mitchelton-Scott team-mate Esteban Chaves the last time the race went uphill from the start.

Simon Yates is still in control of the Giro d'Italia after the British rider limited his losses to closest rival Tom Dumoulin in the individual time trial on Tuesday.

Team Sky's four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome recorded the fifth-best time of the day with a 40m 35s, which saw him move up to fourth overall, 3m 50s down, after Frenchman Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ struggled.

Overall leader Yates lost less time to second placed defending champion Dumoulin than many observers had predicted. "The first half I felt good".

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"I'm really happy", Yates said after finishing 22nd in the race against the clock. "I was trying to hold on to my position, but I died in the final 10km".

"To come here and repay the team for all their hard work, and jump back into the top 10 is a big day for me". "I think- unfortunately for the fans - I can be a lot more defensive".

"It's pretty good to beat time-triallists like Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin", the 27-year-old said.

However, Yates still leads Dumoulin by 56 seconds heading into the final five stages. Dumoulin was third, 22 seconds behind the BMC Racing Team cyclist. Froome's result saw him rise to fourth place in the general classification at the expense of Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) who toiled in the drizzle to finish more than three minutes off the pace.

"I wasn't good, I had no power".

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