Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) grabbed his first career Giro d’Italia stage victory in today’s stage 10. The 27-year-old launched a long-range, high-speed sprint which topped Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and Rudiger Selig (Bora-Hansgrohe). The hectic finish also saw a handful of riders hit the deck with a kilometer to go.
“We came to the Giro for this. I really wanted a stage win and I got it in the end,” said a happy Demare.
“I have been very good but missed out for one reason or another, but the team never lost confidence in me either,” he said.
The pileup in the peloton knocked Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who retains a slight advantage over Demare in the sprint points ranking, out of contention for the day. Despite road rash covering much of his side, he should be able to recover overnight and continue on in the hope of winning the Cyclamen Jersey.
Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) finished safely to maintain his control of the pink jersey.