Froome reborn on Monte Zoncolan

Monte Zoncolan (Italy) (AFP) –


Race favourite Chris Froome powered back following his early struggles in the Giro d'Italia by winning the prestigious 14th stage to the summit of Monte Zoncolan on Saturday.

The four-time Tour de France winner won the stage following a battle with fellow Briton Simon Yates of Mitchelton who finished second and holds the overall leader's pink jersey.

Yates finished six seconds behind Froome after a thrilling battle on the final 10km climb with a 11.9 percent gradient, reputedly one of the toughest in Europe.

Defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands now trails Yates by 1 min 24 sec in the overall standings.

It was the first stage win on the Giro for 32-year-old Froome, but he remains 3min 10sec behind Yates in the overall standings.