Giro d'Italia: Luck on Démare’s side with last-second lunge for line

Arnaud Demare wins stage 4 at Giro d'Italia
Arnaud Demare wins stage 4 at Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the post-race press conference nobody asked stage 4 Giro d'Italia winner Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) if he was a Bob Dylan fan but after the events of Monday Dylan’s famous song line, “I can’t help it if I’m lucky,” surely rang true with the defending French national champion.

To a considerable extent, Démare made his own luck. He was strong enough to follow Bora-Hansgrohe’s charge when they went on the rampage over the mid-stage of Portella Mandrazzi climb, dropping Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), and again by being well-positioned and in stunning sprint form for the final dash for the line in Villafranca Tirrena.

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