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Demare wins stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia, Almeida retains the Maglia Rosa


Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) won Stage 7 of the 103rd Giro d’Italia, 143km from Matera to Brindisi. Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) and Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) finished second and third, respectively.

João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) retains the Maglia Rosa and leads the general classification.



1 –  Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) – 143km in 2h47’28”, average speed 51.234km/h

2 – Peter Sagan (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.

3 – Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) s.t.



1 – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

2 – Pello Bilbao (Bahrain – McLaren) at 43”

3 – Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb) at 48″



Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo Zanetti – Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ)

Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Filippo Ganna (Team Ineos Grenadiers)

Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – João Almeida (Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Arnaud Démare said: “My team-mates have made the difference even more than the great confidence I have these days. We had to exchange the positions of the lead out men in the finale. There was some elbow to elbow. With the three-quarter head wind to finish with, it wasn’t an easy task. I opened my sprint at a right time. I felt the presence of Peter Sagan close to me. I’m happy I made it again. It is extraordinary.”

The Maglia Rosa João Almeida said: “Today we went very fast, especially in the final. In the last kms I stayed in the front of the peloton protected by my team-mates, they did a perfect job to protect me from the wind. The Maglia Rosa makes me stronger every day.”


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