Colombia’s Egan Bernal assumed responsibility for the general standings in the Giro d’Italia by broadening his lead in the rush to 45 seconds.
Switzerland’s Mauro Schmid won an emotional stage 11 from a breakaway as riders battled with the exceptional rock streets of Tuscany.
English couple Hugh Carthy and Simon Yates climbed to fourth and fifth individually in spite of losing time.
“I’m glad to show up at the front however we need to keep on track,” said Bernal.
1 Mauro Schmid (Swi/Group Qhubeka Assos) 4hrs 1min 5secs
2 Alessandro Covi (Ita/UAE Group Emirates) +0:01secs
3 Mischief Vanhoucke (Bel/Lotto Soudal) +0:26secs
4 Dries De Bondt (Bel/Alpecin-Fenix) +0:41secs
5 Simon Guglielmi (Fra/Groupama-FDJ) same time
6 Enrico Battaglin (Ita/Bardiani CSF Faizane) +0:44sec
1 Egan Bernal Gomez (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) 42 hours 35mins 21secs
2 Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus/Astana-Chief Tech) +45secs
3 Damiano Caruso (Ita/Bahrain Successful) +1min 2ecs
4 Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Schooling Nippo) +1min 17secs
5 Simon Yates (GB/Group BikeExchange) +1min 22secs
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora-Hansgrohe) +1min 50secs