Never two without three. The adage holds true. Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) won the 13th stage of the Giro, this Friday in Cuneo, in the Italian region of Piedmont, his third success since the start of the race.

He sprinted ahead of the German Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Victorious) and the British Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck – Quick Step).

The Picard was the strongest to go for this 3rd success in this edition: “The breakaway resisted well, I doubted a little bit. We had elements that jumped, it was rolling hard. At 10 km, I started thinking about sprinting but I was dead, I was thinking how I was going to do it. I sprint to the breaking point, I snatch victory. »

Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek) retains the pink jersey after this 150 km stage.

This day was also marked by the retirement of Romain Bardet at the end of the first hour of racing.

Plagued by gastric problems, the Habs had to throw in the towel when he had been in Olympic form until then and was in 4th place overall. According to his DSM team, he fell ill on Thursday and his condition worsened overnight, preventing him from continuing the race.

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