Demare culminates another crazy Van der Poel attack

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The Frenchman wins a stage in the sprint in which Poulidor’s grandson set out to break the pack with an acceleration with 100 km to go.

Demare raises his arms at the Messina goal.
Demare raises his arms at the Messina goal.AP

This volcanic gyre captivates due to the attractiveness of the unforeseen. I started with the explosion of Mathieu van der Poel and continued with the shocking time trial of Simon Yachtsthe superb sprint of Mark Cavendish and the unexpected ‘pink jersey’ of Juanpe Lopez. A gratifying compendium of surprises that this Wednesday was completed with another unexpected maneuver by the grandson of poulidorwhich altered the tranquility of a transition stage and which ended with the victory of the French Arnaud Demare in a clean sprint in Messina. Five stages for five different winners. The most open Giro, without owner.

Van der Poel, a specialist in suicide attacks, altered the pulsations of the peloton when he was at the head of the group and accelerated in Portella Mandrazzi, a second category port more than 100 kilometers from the finish. His audacity served to drop Cavendish already Caleb Evan and eliminate them for the struggle to win the stage. The Dutch had intended to achieve his second partial victory, but failed in his admirable attempt. Bravo for the brave.

The lease of the leader of the Alpecin ranks caused an advance of the scheduled time at the close of the second day in Sicilian lands, near the home of Vincenzo Nibalito neutralize the escape of the day, in which the Italians got involved again Mattia Bais Y Filippo Tagliani. The two members of the Androni Giocattoli team have sneaked into all the breakaways of this Giro. On this occasion, his fellow expedition members were Jaakko Hnninen, Mirco Maestri Y Alessandro Tonelli.

Girmay, next to the fences

Without Ewan and Cavendish, the candidate list for the volata it increased. Van der Poel was bitter about entering the fight, but soon gave up in the face of Demare’s push, Gaviria, Nizzolo, Ballerini Y Girmay. The Eritrean made a mistake when placing himself in the right zone, next to the fences, with 80 meters to go they closed his trajectory, without options. Smarter was the French sprinter, who positioned himself in the center of the road to print a powerful pace and achieve his first victory in the Corsa Rosa of 2022, the sixth in his five participations in the Giro.

A day for the sprinters to shine and for Juanpe López to show off his pink jersey. Also for local idol Nibali to confirm that he will retire at the end of the season.

This Thursday, a new challenge for riders and sprinters, with a flat route of 192 kilometers between Palmi and Scalea.

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