May 21, 2019 / 4:02 PM / a month ago

Cycling: Demare claims maiden Giro stage win

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - The 200.5-km Stage 19 from Lourdes to Laruns - July 27, 2018 - Groupama-FDJ rider Arnaud Demare of France before the start. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

MODENA, Italy (Reuters) - France’s Arnaud Demare won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia, his first career victory in the race, a 145-km flat ride from Ravenna on Tuesday.

Italian Elia Viviani was second and Rudiger Selig of Germany took third place ahead of Australian Caleb Ewan.

“We came to the Giro for this. I really wanted a stage win and I got it,” said Demare.

“I avoided the crash because we, as a team, were very well positioned. I’m super happy.”

German Pascal Ackermann crashed just inside the final kilometre and could not contest the sprint.

Italian Valerio Conti retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.

“I have been well protected by my team the whole day. I thank them for giving me one more day in the Maglia Rosa,” said Conti.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by Ed Osmond and Ken Ferris

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