Arnaud Démare of Groupama–FDJ got here by means of a packed area to win stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia, a 172-kilometre journey from Catania to Messina, on Wednesday.
Mark Cavendish (Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl), seeking to win his second stage of this yr’s Giro, and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) have been closely fancied to be front-runners in Sicily, however dropped out of competition on the one climb of the day, the 20km Portella Mandrazi which topped out just below 100km from the ending line in Messina.
The peloton then eased off with Cavendish and Ewan out of competition, with an enormous group forming on the entrance with 10 kilometres to go.
The victory was anybody’s for the taking, with Groupama-FDJ getting Démare into place earlier than a decent ultimate nook, with the Frenchman taking his sixth profession Giro stage win forward of Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) in second and Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel-Premier Tech) in third.
Youngster Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo) got here of age on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna on Tuesday, turning into the primary Spaniard since Alberto Contador in 2015 to take the pink jersey, and retains his place on the prime of the overall classification after crossing the road in 58th.