Démare beats Ewan in a photo-finish on stage 6 of the Giro

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) took his second Giro d’Italia stage victory in as many days by the narrowest of margins on Thursday, edging out Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) in a photo-finish on stage 6 with Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) just behind in third position.

“Right on the line, I felt like I was in front, but you never know. You don’t know if the victory was already there,” Démare said afterwards. “I’m really happy. The victory was played without margin at all.

Groupama-FDJ teammates Démare skillfully delivered their sprint leader through a chaotic final kilometer, with Cavendish and Ewan both needing to catch up after their own leads crumbled. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), meanwhile, made contact with Cees Bol (DSM), putting both drivers out of the race. Gaviria was then relegated.

After moving forward, Cavendish then Ewan launched their sprints, while Démare slipped behind them and bided his time.

With just 50 yards to go, he surged to the right of Cavendish and Ewan. Démare took the victory with his bike throw, although no one celebrated the tight sprint on the line. After the jury reviewed the finish line photo, however, Démare was declared the winner.

“They started strong but I hadn’t put in my effort yet, so I just had to find the right moment,” Démare said. “I wanted to find the right place, the right time to pass, and I knew it was going to be very close. I threw the bike away and that was the difference.

With this victory, Démare increased his lead in the points classification, taking more firm control of the maglia ciclamino already on his shoulders. He also became the Frenchman with the most Giro stage victories in history with seven in his career.

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