Arnaud Démare remporte la 13e étape au sprint et signe sa troisième victoire dans cette édition

The French sprinter from Groupama-FDJ added an eighth success to his list on Friday and goes a little further into the history of cycling.

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From one emotion to another for the French. While Romain Bardet (Team DSM) retired to everyone’s surprise earlier in the day, Friday May 20, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) won the victory on this 13th stage of the Giro between San Remo and Cuneo. He was ahead in the final straight Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) and Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl).

The sprinter in the cyclamen jersey in the points classification, already the record holder for the number of tricolor victories in the Tour of Italy, adds an eighth success to his record on the Giro and enters a little more into the history of cycling with now ten victories in the big tours (two on the Tour de France).

However, it was far from over for the Frenchman. Because a breakaway of four men, including Nicolas Prodhomme, resisted and was caught at the red flame of the last kilometer. “At 10 terminals I started thinking about sprinting, but I was dead. I said to myself ‘How am I going to sprint?’. Afterwards I do a sprint to the break and I snatch the victory. Another collective success and it is exceptional”reacted Arnaud Démare after the finish.

With this third success on the Giro, the former triple champion of France savors almost the unexpected: “Before arriving here I told myself that, already, to win one will be beautiful. You should not underestimate each victory and I went even more for this one.” Before ending it, the hero of the day had a word for his compatriot Romain Bardet: “It’s a shame because he was a Frenchman in the running for a podium and even victory on this Giro. When you know the preparation that a grand tour requires, it’s really a shame.”


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