Arnaud Démare was Wednesday in the eleventh stage of the Giro, second in the sprint after winner Caleb Ewan, but was on the podium for the points jersey. That is, he takes over the German Pascal Ackermann.
In the sprint brought Groupama-FDJ a nice train in contention, but at the same time, they were too early on the head. “750 meters, I already knew that it’s not easy would be” realized Démare. “We went a little early and with that headwind, it was difficult. It was still far ahead of Jacopo and Ramon, they couldn’t keep up. I have tried and searched, but I found it doesn’t and at this Caleb Ewan is not easy in such a sprint. He is very explosive, and I tried him yet accelerated, but he was just too strong.”
However, came so the points jersey to his shoulders. “That was the goal, we have also fought”, he ended. “This was also the last day to still many points to capture and to grab him. Below, we dive into the mountains. I’m the leader’s jersey to defend, not until next week there is a sprint. I know that the pain will do in the coming days, but it will matter to those mountains as ‘fresh’ as possible to get through.”