Démare: This was our first perfect sprint of the Giro d'Italia

TOPSHOT Team GroupamaFDJ rider Frances Arnaud Demare wearing the best sprinters mauve jersey celebrates after winning the 11th stage of the Giro dItalia 2020 cycling race a 182kilometer route between Porto SantElpidio and Rimini on October 14 2020 Frenchman Arnaud Demare of the GroupamaFDJ team powered to his fourth stage win in this years Giro dItalia winning stage 11 at Rimini on October 14 2020 Photo by Fabio FERRARI POOL AFP Photo by FABIO FERRARIPOOLAFP via Getty Images
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) is almost starting to lose count on this Giro d'Italia. While one of the Frenchman's responses was being translated during the stage winner's press conference in Rimini on Wednesday, a photographer motioned to catch his attention. Démare raised two fingers in a victory salute as he posed for the picture, before smilingly correcting himself and spreading his palm to show four fingers.

Already a winner of a hat-trick of stages in the opening week, Démare maintained his 100 per cent record in mass finishes on this Giro with a dominant sprint victory ahead of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Alvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the seafront in Rimini.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.