Froome reborn on Monte Zoncolan

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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.