The flat 182 km long stage led along the Adriatic coast and, as expected, culminated in the joint reach of the peloton. Thanks to the work of his FDJ team, the French champion Démare had the fastest legs in it and scored the 75th career win and this year’s fourteenth.
“It’s an amazing feeling. Of course I didn’t expect to win four stages here at all. I aimed for one stage victory, so I’m very happy. But I want to congratulate the whole team, because it’s also their victory. They believed in me, everyone worked hard and the hard work paid off, “said the 29-year-old Démare, who confirmed the lead in the scoring competition with today’s championship.
Former three-time world champion Sagan, who ended more than a year’s wait to win on Tuesday, finished second for the fourth time at this year’s Giru. Colombian Álvaro Hodeg came in third.
The Italian Elia Viviani did not take part in the final spurt, about 30 km before the finish, he was hit by an accompanying motorcycle at the roundabout. Thanks to the help of his teammates from Cofidis, the Olympic winner in the track omnium was able to return to the peloton, but he finished tenth.
Portuguese Joao Almeida still leads the standings 34 seconds ahead of Dutchman Wilce Kelderman. All favorites finished in the main field.
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The only Czech participant in the Gira, Josef Černý, was in 34th place in the peloton as the best of the CCC team and closes the top 100 overall. “The finish was technical, so our priority was for us all to reach the finish line safely. In the end, I kicked it a bit because I felt good,” said the reigning champion of the Republic in the time trial on the team website.
Thursday’s 12th stage will have a start and finish in the seaside resort of Cesenatico and there are five categorized climbs at 204 km.
|Giro d’Italia cycling stage race:|
|11. etapa (Porto Sant’Elpidio – Rimini, 182 km):|
|1. Begins (Fr./Groupama-FDJ) 4:03:52|
|2. Sagan (SR/Bora-hansgrohe)|
|3. Hodeg (Kol./Deceuninck-Quick Step)|
|4. Consonni (It./Cofidis)|
|5. Zabel (DEU / Israel Start-Up Nation)|
|6. Denz (DEU / Sunweb)|
|7. Gaviria (Kol./SAE Team Emirates)|
|8. Oldani (It./Lotto-Soudal)|
|9. Moscow (It./Trek-Segafredo)|
|10. Viviani (It./Cofidis),|
|…34. Black (CR / CCC) all the same time.|
|1. Almeida (Portug./Deceuninck-Quick Step) 43:41:57|
|2. Kelderman (Niz./Sunweb) -34|
|3. Bilbao (Spanish / Bahrain-McLaren) -43|
|4. Pozzovivo (It./NTT) -57|
|5. V. Nibali (It./Trek-Segafredo) -1: 01|
|6. Konrad (Rak./Bora-hansgrohe) -1:15|
|7. Hindley (Austr./Sunweb) -1:19|
|8. Mother (Pol./Bora-hansgrohe) -1:21|
|9. Masnada (It./Deceuninck-Quick-Step) -1: 36|
|10. Pernsteiner (Rak./Bahrajn-McLaren) -1:52,|
|…100. Black -1:33:22.|