Giro d’Italia 2019: Stage 10 – Demare dashes to victory in Modena

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) defied the pundits to finally take his maiden Giro victory – the first time has put his hands in the air this year. The French speedster jumped early and powered away to the line leaving second place Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) in his wake. BORA-hansgrohe’s Rudiger Selig took third after a nasty, high-speed crash at the flamme rouge left teammate Pascal Ackermann on the deck – his maglia ciclamino in shreds. The GC remains unchanged with Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) still in pink.
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VeloVoices Awards 2018: Unsung Hero

It’s time to salute and sing of the praises of riders who rarely take the spotlight themselves. The last ones standing by their leader on the mountain or in the white heat of the sprint. Need some pace setting, a bidon, banana or waterproof? These are the teammates you call. Here’s our unsung hero selection. But if you’d like to sing the praises of someone not on our list, it’s time for a write in vote …

Previous winners: 2015 – Manuel Quinziato; 2016 – Stephen Cummings and Damien Howson; 2017 – Daniel Oss

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Tour de France 2018 Stage 18: Demare delivers in Pau

Today’s soporific sprint stage followed the script and once the five-man break had been hauled in from its short leash, the sprinters’ teams took over. Here was a golden opportunity for someone to redeem their Tour. As the peloton swept through the final corner, Cofidis led it out for Christophe Laporte but hot on his wheels was Arnaud Demare. The latter kicked with 350m to go and came around Laporte to sail across the line, holding off the Cofidis rider who finished runner-up and third-placed Alexander Kristoff. Unsurprisingly, there was no change on GC.

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