"It hurts. That's my general classification at this year's Giro gone, so it's always going to hurt", Chaves said.
"They let me try and win a stage, although we're racing for Domenico Pozzovivo on GC".
"I've got a hard relationship with Italy; it's love and hate. Our plans won't change".
Simon Yates extended his lead.
Matej Mohoric claimed victory on the tenth stage of the Giro d'Italia that ended in Gualdo Tadino today.
Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates keeps his overall lead, with Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin in second and Groupama-FDJ's Thibaut Pinot third.
Overall, Froome has now moved back into the top 10 following Chaves' dramatic fall down the GC rankings.
Australia's former pink Jersey holder Rohan Dennis (BMC) is in seventh place, two minutes and 28 seconds behind Yates and still inside the top-ten.
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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.
Slovenian rider Matej Mohoric of the Bahrain-Merida team edged Nico Denz in two-man sprint to win the stage while all of the other leaders finished safely in the main pack, 34 seconds behind. "When I saw that he was not passing, I gave it my all".
"I'm delighted that I have taken this opportunity".
"But I'm pleased that I was in the front group, and finally the only guy that lost time was Esteban [Chaves]".
"I need as many seconds as I can get so maybe I need to go for more bonus seconds", he added.
"One of those stages we will talk about for a while".