"I have to thank the team for everything they did to try to bridge the gap, but with all the other teams working against us, we had to call it and save our legs for the bigger picture".
The longest stage of the Giro, at 244km, was expected to be...
On a bittersweet - but predominantly bitter - day for Mitchelton-Scott in Le Marche, race leader Simon Yates picked up a few intermediate sprint bonus seconds to strengthen his grip on the pink jersey as team-mate Chaves cracked on the first of three categorised climbs to finish more than 25 minutes down on stage victor Mohoric.
With Quick-Step Floors' star sprinter and overall points leader Elia Viviani, dropped along with Chaves, the race split into two as several teams in the peloton worked together to distance them.
Second over the line was AG2R La Mondiale's Nico Denz, with Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett in third.
Bennett's Dutch Lotto team was able to keep him up with the leaders and finished in the main group. he's now a minute 36 behind tour leader Simon Yates of England.
Chris Froome finished in the pack and is two and a half minutes off the pink jersey, but he has moved up to tenth.
Yates extended his lead in the general classification over Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, the defending champion, to 41 seconds, with Frenchman Thibaut Pinot a further five seconds back in third place.
"Today's goal was to make the breakaway. When I saw that he was not passing, I gave it my all". I wasn't convinced I'd win the sprint against Nico Denz.
"I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds", he added.
Tonight's Stage 11 is another lumpy one, covering 156km from Assisi to Osimo.