Démare leaves Sagan without his first victory in the Giro

The Frenchman, top scorer of the season with eleven wins, prevented the Slovakian's first in the Corsa Rosa with a great sprint. Thomas did not start.


Knowing that he no longer enjoys the spark from before, Peter Sagan put the Bora to work on several days of the Tour with mountainous difficulties and a flat finish to rule out pure sprinters. The same thing happened at the Giro: effort by his teammates without auction or reward. The Slovakian left the French round empty, without partial or the green jersey, and in the Corsa Rosa he has two second places in four stages in the first participation of his career. Although no one will blame him for not trying (he donned the cyclamen jersey of regularity), in Villafranca Tirrena he was beaten by Arnaud Démare, another sprinter who exceeds the heights very well. Sagan has not raised his arms since Colmar, in the 2019 Tour. For his part, the Frenchman achieved his second victory in Italy and the 11th of the season, an outstanding top scorer.

The last Sicilian day started without Geraint Thomas, who did not start due to a broken pelvis that caused him to fall the previous day. Frapporti (Vini), Pellaud (Androni) and Gradek (CCC) integrated the break, barely fought and formed at the first exchange, as is customary lately in cycling. Pellaud held out until the Pozzo di Gotto intermediate sprint, in which Joao Almeida managed two more seconds over Jonathan Caicedo. Tied at times, the Ecuadorian tried to unseat the leader, but the play did not come out against the powerful Deceuninck. This Wednesday, already in the Italian peninsula, a broken stage with a first-class port, Valico di Montescuro, 12 kilometers from the finish line.

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