Démare goes from millimetre to metre margin in second Giro d'Italia sprint win

MATERA ITALY OCTOBER 08 Arrival Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama-FDJ Celebration during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 6 a 188km stage from Castrovillari to Matera 401m girodiitalia Giro on October 08 2020 in Matera Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Arnaud Demare of Groupama-FDJ celebrates second stage win at 2020 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The one press conference question that best summed up the scale of Arnaud Démare's second bunch sprint win in the Giro d'Italia on Thursday was when somebody asked if the French fast man had seen the photo finish of his victory. The gaps were such that Démare was the only rider visible in it.

The Groupama-FDJ racer said he had not seen the photo, "where all you can see is the rider and his shadow," as the Giro d'Italia translator poetically put it, but Démare admitted that taking a victory as he had done, by several bike lengths, was "something very special, particularly given the depth of the sprinters' lineup here in the Giro."

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.