Giro d’Italia: Démare beats Ewan and Cavendish in Scalea waiting game

Sprinting isn’t only about speed. It’s often a waiting game. Just 300 meters past the finish line in Scalea, Arnaud Démare and his Groupama-FDJ team stood waiting for confirmation of the outcome of stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia. When the news crackled over their earpieces, their cheers must have carried all the way down to the seafront. Demare’s patience in the finishing straight had been vindicated, and he had won his second successive stage.

Jacopo Guarnieri led the race into the final 200 metres with Démare tucked safely on his wheel, but the Frenchman opted to not strike out from a distance on the gently-curving finishing straight. Instead, he allowed Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to launch first before unfurling his own effort once the Giro Arrivo banner fully emerged into view.

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