Arnaud Démare winner of the 6th stage of the Giro at the photo-finish

The scenario for this 6th stage of the Tour of Italy resembled its profile: flat and dreary. But at the end of these 190 km of boredom, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) won the sprint at Scalea, just ahead of Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) – the two were separated at the photo finish – and Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step).

Arnaud Démare won his seventh stage victory in the Tour of Italy, his second on this edition after having already won Wednesday in Messina. He keeps his cyclamen jersey as leader of the points classification.

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With 7 stage victories in the Tour of Italy, Arnaud Démare is the French rider with the most successes in the Giro

The victory was played on the throw of the bike on the line, while Démare had to change trajectory after being a little blocked on the left of the road, following an exemplary work until then by his team. in the last kilometers: “On the line I feel in front, but as long as the photo finish had not fallen, the victory was not there. It was really hot testified the French at the microphone of Eurosport after the race. The team has done a huge job again, a great placement, I couldn’t have had better. I had to find the opening: I felt that Cavendish was closing on the left, I had to find the resources to correct the shot over 100 m. I came back really strong but I saw that it was going to be limited for the victory. Finally I throw the bike…”

The photo-finish of the 6th stage. (Eurosport capture)

Unlike Wednesday, when Cavendish and Ewan had been left behind during the stage, this victory on Thursday faced the most serious contenders.

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Arnaud Démare beat Mark Cavendish for the first time in their 7 direct confrontations in the massive sprint since 2019 (against 3 successes for the Englishman). (Source Fuoriclasse)

Previously, Diego Rosa (Eolo-Kometa) had long done solo lead figuration along the Adriatic coast. But the outcome was known in advance: the teams of sprinters controlled the pursuit, retaking the Italian 28 km from the finish, before padlocking what remained of the stage to be covered. No change in general is to be noted.

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