Chris Froome claimed victory atop the Monte Zoncolan as stage 14 produced a thrilling finale at the Giro d’Italia.
The Team Sky leader was paced onto the famous climb by his team-mates, and after a strong tempo from Wout Poels he launched a big acceleration with 4.2 kilometres to go.
Quickly opening out a gap, Froome was then able to fend off a late charge from the maglia rosa Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), eventually crossing the line six seconds ahead to take a memorable win.
The result elevates Froome to fifth place overall, three minutes and 10 seconds back on Yates with seven stages remaining.
After crossing the line a thrilled Froome said: “It’s a really special feeling winning at the top of the climb today. It’s an amazing feeling on such a monumental climb on this year’s Giro d’Italia and such a monumental climb for the race in general. It’s just such a good feeling, especially after a really hard start to the Giro for me and the team.
“The team have been supporting me so well these last few weeks it’s so nice to get the victory today and it really means a lot.
“I felt like that (4km) was the moment that the race was really on the limit. I felt that was the moment for me to go. I’d obviously done the recon here and I knew the last few kilometres. The team had done a great job pulling me to that moment. Wout had done a big effort and made it really hard up until that point with 4km to go. Even right until the line Simon was just behind me. I kept on hearing 10 seconds, five seconds, 10 seconds. I didn’t know if he was going to catch me or not so it was such a relief to get into that last 100 metres and to hear that I was going to win the stage.”