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Demare takes 10th stage at the Giro d’Italia

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Arnaud Demare whoops it up after winning his first Giro stage ever on Tuesday. AFP

Demare takes 10th stage at the Giro d’Italia

Frenchman Arnaud Demare clinched a long-range, high-speed bunch sprint to win stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia on the cobbled streets of Modena on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old FDJ sprinter timed his move to perfection as Italy’s Elia Viviani came second and early pace setter Caleb Ewan finished fourth after a 60kph crash on the home straight took out German sprinter Pascal
Ackermann.

Winner of two stages so far on the Giro and wearer of the sprint points jersey, Ackermann got back in the saddle and trundled across the line with the left side of his outfit in tatters, showing painful looking grazes.

Ackermann retains a slight advantage over Demare in the sprint points ranking and both riders intend, unlike many others, to finish the Giro in the hope of winning the Cyclamen Jersey.

For Demarre this was a first ever Giro win, but the 27-year-old has been consistently in the mix on bunch sprints so far here and in 2016 won the Milan San Remo classic.

“We got it right today,” FDJ sports director Frederic Guesdon said after the race. “We had a good chat with him on the rest day and got him in the right mood.”

The rider himself said he had never let himself become downhearted watching others win.

“We came to the Giro for this. I really wanted a stage win and I got it in the end,” said a delighted Demare.

“I have been very good but missed out for one reason or another,” said Demare.

“The team never lost confidence in me either,” he said.

“I had a good look at the final kilometre ahead of the start at Bologna [which is 20km away] and decided to take the wide side,” explained the winner.

Italy’s Valerio Conti of the UAE Emirates team once again maintained his overall lead atop the GC standings.

“I hope nothing bad happened to my team mate Simone Consonni in the crash,” Conti said at the winning post.

“I have been well protected by my team the whole day. I thank them for giving me one more day in the Maglia Rosa.”

Wednesday’s 221km of racing was to be the final flat stage for the sprinters before the Giro heads in to mountainous terrain, and was likely to finish with a high-speed bunch in the Piedmont city of Novi Ligure.

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