French rider Arnaud Demare earned his second win in two days with a thrilling sprint finish for stage six of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday. Demare, riding for Groupama-FDJ, pipped Australian Caleb Ewan in a photo finish on the line after the 118 mile ride from Palmi to Scalea in the southern Calabria region. Demare, 30, claimed his seventh stage win, becoming the most successful French rider in the race around Italy ahead of legends Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, who have six each.
“It was very tight. I had the feeling that I had won but it was hot so I waited for the photo finish,” said Demare.
Briton Mark Cavendish, winner last Sunday in Hungary, finished third.
“A win is sometimes decided by very little,” continued Demare.
“It’s in my favor today.
“The team has done a tremendous job. I only had 100 meters to overhaul Cavendish.
“I threw my bike on the line and it made the difference. Many people underestimate me but it’s my 86th victory today, my seventh at the Giro d’Italia. It counts. It’s wonderful.”
Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez holds the leader’s pink jersey which the Trek rider grabbed Tuesday on Mount Etna.
“It was all under the control of the sprinters’ teams,” said the Spaniard.
“It will be very different tomorrow but we’re ready with the team to defend the Maglia Rosa.”
Friday’s seventh stage is a grueling 121 mile ride between Diamante and Potenza including four climbs between the Calabrian coast inland to Basilicata with a summit finish.
GIRO D’ITALIA 2022 STAGE 6 RESULTS
|1||Arnaud DEMARE||Groupama – FDJ||5:02:33|
|2||Caleb EWAN||Lotto Soudal||0:00|
|3||Mark CAVENDISH||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||0:00|
|4||Biniam GIRMAY||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:00|
|5||Giacomo NIZZOLO||Israel – Premier Tech||0:00|
|6||Phil BAUHAUS||Bahrain – Victorious||0:00|
|7||Andrea VENDRAME||AG2R Citroën Team||0:00|
|10||Edward THEUNS||Trek – Segafredo||0:00|
GIRO D’ITALIA 2022 STANDINGS
|1||Juan LÓPEZ||Trek – Segafredo||18:21:03|
|2||Lennard KAMNA||BORA – hansgrohe||0:38|
|3||Rein TAARAMÄE||Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux||0:58|
|4||Simon YATES||Team BikeExchange – Jayco||1:42|
|5||Mauri VANSEVENANT||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||1:47|
|6||Wilco KELDERMAN||BORA – hansgrohe||1:55|
|7||Joao ALMEIDA||UAE Team Emirates||1:58|
|8||Pello BILBAO||Bahrain – Victorious||2:00|
|9||Richie PORTE||INEOS Grenadiers||2:04|
|10||Romain BARDET||Team DSM||2:06|
RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency