Demare claims hat-trick of Giro stage victories, Matthews third

Brindisi: French champion Arnaud Demare claimed his third stage win in this year's Giro d'Italia when he prevailed at a canter in the seventh stage, a 143-kilometre ride between Matera and Brindisi on Friday.

Demare, who had already won the fourth and sixth stages, benefited from a perfect lead-out by his Groupama-FDJ teammates to beat triple world champion Peter Sagan by a bike length.

Frrenchman Arnaud Demare has starred in the sprint stages in the first week of the Giro.Credit:AP

Australian Michael Matthews took third place.

Portuguese Joao Almeida retained the overall leader's maglia rosa.

"The work my team did was amazing," said Demare. "I waited a little bit and I launched my sprint at the right moment."


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