Giro d’Italia: Démare beats Ewan and Cavendish in Scalea waiting game

SCALEA ITALY MAY 12 Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama FDJ Purple Points Jersey celebrates at podium during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 6 a 192km stage from Palmi to Scalea Giro WorldTour on May 12 2022 in Scalea Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) pads his lead for the points classification lead and purple jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)

Sprinting isn’t only about speed. It’s often a waiting game. Just 300 metres past the finish line in Scalea, Arnaud Démare and his Groupama-FDJ team stood waiting for confirmation of the outcome of stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia. When the news crackled over their earpieces, their cheers must have carried all the way down to the seafront. Démare’s patience in the finishing straight had been vindicated, and he had won his second successive stage.

Jacopo Guarnieri led the race into the final 200 metres with Démare tucked safely on his wheel, but the Frenchman opted to not strike out from distance on the gently-curving finishing straight. Instead, he allowed Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to launch first before unfurling his own effort once the Giro Arrivo banner emerged fully into view.

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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.