Giro d'Italia: Disappointed O'Connor vows to bounce back

Ben O'Connor (Dimension Data) on his way to winning stage 3 at Tour of the Alps

Dimension Data 's Ben O'Connor lost time to his rivals on Saturday's eighth stage from Praia a Mare to Montevergine di Mercogliano when Chris Froome crashed in front of him with just over 5km to go on the final climb, causing him to unship his chain. What a difference a day makes. Or two days anyway. Following Thursday's sixth stage from Caltannisseta to Mount Etna , when Louis Meintjes lost time on the famous volcano, and teammate O'Connor stepped into the breach , putting himself almost three minutes ahead of Meintjes in the GC, the roles were reversed again on the road to Montevergine. Meintjes finished at the back of the main group of favourites, seven seconds behind stage winner Richard Carapaz (Movistar). O'Connor trailed in another 21 seconds back, which leaves him exactly two minutes in arrears of Giro leader Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), with Meintjes 4:34 down on Yates. ...

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