France’s Demare sprints to second consecutive Giro stage win


SCALEA: French rider Arnaud Demare guaranteed his second win in two days with a completely exhilarating run finish for stage six of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday.

Demare, riding for Groupama-FDJ, pipped Australian Caleb Ewan in a near tie on the line after the 192km ride from Palmi to Scalea in the southern Calabria area.

Demare, 30, turned into the best French rider in the race around Italy in front of legends Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, who have six each.

Neighborhood Italian rider Diego Rosa was the early pacer-setter, driving the level stage six all alone for a large part of the race, with every one of the groups’ separate runners getting into position in a pressed peloton further back.

Rosa surrendered his lead as the peloton shut the hole, with Ewan and Cavendish both thoroughly searching in great situations in front of the last run, before Demare appeared unexpectedly to take his seventh profession Giro stage triumph in a close finish.

“It was extremely close. I had the inclination that I had won yet it was hot so I hung tight for the near tie,” said Demare.

Briton Mark Cavendish, champ last Sunday in Hungary, completed third.

“A success is in some cases chose by very little,” proceeded with Demare. “Today’s in support of myself.

“The group has worked effectively. I just had 100 meters to upgrade Cavendish.

“I tossed my bicycle on the line and it had the effect. Many individuals underrate me yet today’s my 86th triumph, my seventh at the Giro d’Italia. It counts. It’s brilliant.” Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez holds the pioneer’s pink pullover which the Trek rider snatched Tuesday on Mount Etna.

“It was all heavily influenced by the runners’ groups,” said the Spaniard.

“It will be altogether different tomorrow yet we’re prepared with the group to protect the Maglia Rosa.” Friday’s seventh stage is an exhausting 196km ride among Diamante and Potenza including four ascensions between the Calabrian coast inland to Basilicata with a highest point finish.

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