Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) delivered the double after his team delivered him to the uphill finish with pinpoint precision. In a sprint that seemed to go on for minutes into the cross-headwind, the Aussie pocket-rocket surged around Pascal Ackermann‘s (BORA-hansgrohe) with ease. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) finished strongly to place second, snatching the maglia ciclamino from Ackermann in third. The GC remains unchanged on the eve of the first climbing test on stage 12. Continue reading
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.
A fast and furious stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia ended with a first Grand Tour stage win for Astana’s Pello Bilbao. The Basque rider launched a perfectly timed attack in the final kilometre. His rivals hesitated and that was all the advantage he needed to stay ahead of Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)and Davide Formolo (BORA-hansgrohe). Valerio Conti and his UAE-Team Emirates team survived a stressful day, with a little help from Trek-Segafredo, to retain the maglia rosa, but there were some changes within the top 10 on GC.