Giro d'Italia 2020: Arnaud Demare wins 11th stage, Joao Almeida retains overall leader's jersey

Demare edged Peter Sagan and Alvaro Hodeg at the end of the mostly flat 182-kilometer (113-mile) leg from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini along the Adriatic coast.

The Associated Press October 14, 2020 20:38:01 IST
Giro d'Italia 2020: Arnaud Demare wins 11th stage, Joao Almeida retains overall leader's jersey

Arnaud Demare celebrates after winning the 11th stage of Giro d'Italia. AFP

Rimini: Arnaud Demare earned his fourth stage victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia on Wednesday by winning the 11th leg in another mass sprint, and Joao Almeida held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey.

Demare edged Peter Sagan and Alvaro Hodeg at the end of the mostly flat 182-kilometer (113-mile) leg from Porto Sant’Elpidio to Rimini along the Adriatic coast.

Demare, a French rider with the Groupama-FDJ team, also won the fourth, sixth and seventh stages, which also ended in mass sprints.

Fernando Gaviria was the first to launch his sprint, with 200 meters (yards) to go, but Demare responded immediately.

With about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) remaining, Elia Viviani was hit by a motorbike as the peloton went around a roundabout. The Italian managed to get back onto his bike and was helped back to the group by his team but could only finish 10th in the sprint.

Almeida, a Portuguese rider with the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, remained 34 seconds ahead of Wilco Kelderman and 43 seconds ahead of Pello Bilbao.

Thursday’s 12th stage is a hilly 200-kilometer (126.8-mile) route that starts and ends in Cesenatico and features five categorized climbs.

The Giro was rescheduled from its usual May slot because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race ends on 25 October with an individual time trial in Milan.

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