Arnaud Demare makes it four in Giro d'Italia, Almeida retains Pink Jersey
Oct 15 2020 02:37 am CET

Arnaud Demare makes it four in Giro d'Italia, Almeida retains Pink Jersey
Arnaud Demare makes it four in Giro d'Italia, Almeida retains Pink Jersey
Photo of Arnaud Demare by Groupama-FDJ

Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare has taken his fourth victory in the 2020 edition of the Giro d'Italia after winning the stage's final sprint.

The eleventh stage of the Italian race was 182 kilometres long between Porto Sant'Elpidio and Rimini over a route that made it suitable for the sprinters, but this finale proved to be more challenging than expected. The escape of the day was formed by riders like Sander Armee, Marco Frapporti, Mattia Bais and Francesco Romano, among others, and it built a gap of almost four minutes with the pack.

With 30 kilometres to go, Bais and Armee launched an attack in front and left the others behind, while Cofidis' Elia Viviani -one of the contenders for the stage- was hit by a race motorcycle on a roundabout and had to wait for a bike change and was taken back to the pack by his teammates. A few kilometres later, the Belgian of Lotto Soudal left his companion behind and continued at a strong pace.

Armee entered the last ten kilometres with an advantage of 36 seconds over the pack, while teams like Ineos-Grenadiers, Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Groupama-FDJ and Sunweb took the lead of to catch him before the finish line. The rider was reeled back in with six kilometres to go and the stage was sentenced to a final sprint in which Demare showed once again the good shape he's enjoying by crossing the finish line ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

Joao Almeida arrived to the finish line with the pack and continues at the top of the General Classification.






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