France’s Arnaud Demare clinched his fourth victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia. On Wednesday, in Rimini’s seaside village, he won with an 11th speed. Groupma-FDJ Ryder took the lead just before Tuesday’s stage winner Slovak Peter Sagan. Colombian Alvaro Hodegg ran 182 km north of Portri Sant’Alpedio north of the Ridriatic coast. “Coming here to Giro, I didn’t think I would win in four stages. Hats off to my teammates!” Demare said he has now won 75 careers, including 14 careers this season.
Demre (2re) became the first French rider since Gero winner Bernard Hinault in 1982 to claim four stages in the same race. This victory gives him a total of five after one win last year.
Joao Almeida of Portugal’s Desunink took a leader advantage seconds over Team Sunweb’s Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman to retain the overall leader’s pink jersey.
Almeida said, “The first part of the stage was very quiet, then it was the crazy end of many teams who wanted to take part in the race in front of them.”
The breakway of Punch Rider was created after the release of Porto San’Alpedio. The last male Belgian Sander Army was not captured until the final k km.
“The youngsters on the team have done a tremendous job of bringing back the beautiful Army,” Demre said.
“My three leading men got me in the right position and felt a lot of strength in my legs to launch my sprint.”
Marco Pantani, the Italian cycling legend who died in 2004, is a 20-kilometer-long area around the hometown of Cesenatoko.
“Tomorrow is a very unpredictable stage, there will be some attacks but we will be ready,” Almeida said.