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Démare Claims 3rd Stage Win At Giro; Almeida Stays In Pink

Portugal's Joao Almeida, wearing the pink jersey of the overall leader, pedals in the pack during the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, from Matera to Brindisi, southern Italy, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP)

Portugal's Joao Almeida, wearing the pink jersey of the overall leader, pedals in the pack during the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, from Matera to Brindisi, southern Italy, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP)

Arnaud Dmare earned his second straight stage victory and his third in this years Giro dItalia by winning the seventh leg in another mass sprint Friday, and Joo Almeida held onto the overall leader's pink jersey.

BRINDISI, Italy: Arnaud Dmare earned his second straight stage victory and his third in this years Giro dItalia by winning the seventh leg in another mass sprint Friday, and Joo Almeida held onto the overall leader’s pink jersey.

Dmare edged Peter Sagan, Michael Matthews and Fabio Felline at the end of the mostly flat 143-kilometer (89-mile) leg from Matera to Brindisi.

Dmare, a French rider with the Groupama-FDJ team, also won the fourth and sixth stages, which also ended in mass sprints.

There was little drama on Friday despite heavy crosswinds affecting some parts of the stage.

Almeida, a Portuguese rider with the Deceuninck-Quick Step team, remained 43 seconds ahead of Spanish rider Pello Bilbao.

Saturdays eighth stage is a 200-kilometer (124-mile) route from Giovinazzo to Vieste. The first half is mainly flat but there are two categorized climbs in the much more undulating second part of the stage.

The Giro was rescheduled from its usual May slot because of the coronavirus pandemic. The race ends on Oct. 25 with an individual time trial in Milan.

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