Cycling-Demare wins Giro stage three as Lopez retains pink jersey

Frenchman Arnaud Demare won his third stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia with a well-timed sprint at the end of Stage 13, a 150km race from San Remo to Cuneo on Friday.

The leader of the sprint, Demare (Groupama-FDJ), was once again dominant, ahead of Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain Victorious) at the finish line, the Briton Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) returning to third square. Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez maintained his 12-second lead overall to retain the pink jersey.

Five riders, Nicolas Prodhomme, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Julius van den Berg, Filippo Tagliani and Mirco Maestri, launched a successful breakaway 140 km from the end. Tagliani was dropped on a climb with 100km to go but the rest of the group stayed away and looked like they could be in contention for the stage win but were caught with a kilometer to go. The Groupama-FDJ riders then put Demare in position to claim victory and he obliged.

“At some point I started to doubt that we could catch the breakaway because some elements of my team had given everything,” said Demare, who took his eighth Giro victory. “They were very committed actually. I also felt like I was cooked myself.” “Only 10 km from the finish, I started to believe it would be a sprint finish. I was on the edge of the sprint. It’s exceptional to get one more victory. Three is a lot.”

The stage was held at a blistering pace with an average speed of 45.393 km/h, making it the first time in Giro history that three consecutive stages had an average speed of at least 45 kph. Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz remained second overall, ahead of Portuguese Joao Almeida, with both riders tied on time.

Frenchman Romain Bardet (DSM), fourth in the general classification, withdrew due to illness. Saturday’s Stage 14 is a challenging 147km race from Santena to Turin, which begins with a short flat section before a series of climbs.

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