The French champion widely surpassed his rivals in the final stretch after a 750-meter drop before the ‘volatta’ and thus adds his second victory in the Giro, in a course in which he also imposed his top speed in Milan- Turin, the Tour of Wallonia and the Tour of Luxembourg, among other events.
It was not just any triumph. Demare’s was a whiplash to the rest of the rivals who he took off the wheel and almost humiliated, with his legs still recovering from the lack of oxygen from which the slope demanded about 2 kilometers from the goal, 750 eternal meters to the 6.3 percent and with peaks of up to 10 percent.
“I ran out of air on the slope”, exhaled a jubilant Demare, shortly after his exhibition in Matera, where no countryman would say that he arrived without energy because no one dared to question the authority of the champion on the road and runner-up in the French chrono, arms in the air to celebrate its twelfth visit to this atypical course due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A quartet made up of Italians Marco Frapporti (Vini Zabú-KTM), Mattia Bais (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec), Filippo Zana (Bardiani-CSF) and Australian James Whelan (Education First), protagonists of the day’s break, tried it. , which started under the starting flag at kilometer zero.
The escape, which had an income of almost 9 minutes, lasted until the final section, in which the ‘kangaroo’ Whelan attacked 30 kilometers from the goal and delayed its neutralization until 13 kilometers from the arrival due to the work of the Peter Sagan’s Bora and Vincenzo Nibali’s Trek.
Then came the 750-meter steep slope, in which the previous winner Filippo Ganna threatened with a new exhibition, but it was a mere mirage because he was soon engulfed by a squad eager to finish the stage with a ‘volatta’. Sagan appeared in the forecasts of the specialists, who soon surrendered to the momentum and voracity of an overwhelming Demare.
Portuguese Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quick Step) retains the pink jersey of leader of the general classification and Spanish Pello Bilbao (Bahrain-McLaren) is second, 43 seconds away. This Friday the seventh stage will be run between Matera, the European Capital of Culture in 2019, and Brindisi, with 143 kilometers of plain, which encourages some getaway and another foreseeable arrival at the sprint.
.1. Arnaud Demare (Fra / Groupama FDJ) 4:54:38.
.2. Michael Matthews (Aus / Sunweb) mt
.3. Fabio Felline (Ita/Astana) m.t.
.4. Juan Sebastián Molano (Col / UAE Team Emirates) mt
.5. Davide Cimolai (Ita/Israel Start-UP Nation) m.t.
.1. Joao Almeida (POR / Deceuninck-Quick Step) 22h01: 01.
.2. PELLO BILBAO (ESP / Bahrain-McLaren) a 43.
.3. Wilco Kelderman (NED / Team Sunweb) 48.
.4. Harm Vanhoucke (BEL/Lotto Soudal) 59.
.5. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA / Trek-Segafredo) 1:01.