Arnaud Demare has claimed victory on the Giro d'Italia's 10th stage by holding off a chasing pack including Australian Caleb Ewan, who narrowly missed a podium finish, with Italian Valerio Conti retaining the overall lead.
The Frenchman held off Italian national champion Elia Viviani and Rudiger Selig, with Ewan in fourth, in a bunch sprint at the end of the entirely flat 145km stage from Ravenna to Modena on Tuesday.
French rider Arnaud Demare.Credit:AP
A crash inside the final kilometre ended Pascal Ackermann's chances of claiming a third stage win at this year's Giro with the German cyclist finishing the stage with his shorts and jersey in tatters.
With only a handful of riders left to contest stage honours, Groupama-FDJ's Demare launched his sprint on the left while Lotto-Soudal's Ewan raced down the right.
Deceunick-QuickStep's Viviani, running out of opportunities to win a stage of this race in the Italian jersey, looked to come through the middle and though he and Ackermann's teammate Selig rounded a fading Ewan, Demare had the power to hold them off.
"We came to the Giro for this. I really wanted a stage win and I got it," Demare said.
"I avoided the crash because we, as a team, were very well positioned. I'm super happy."
Ewan, who won the eighth stage and has had two podium finishes, narrowly missed third place to finish fourth for the second time in this year's race.
Australian Mark Renshaw finished in 72nd, Jay McCarthy was 80th, Jai Hindley was 96th, Christopher Hamilton was one place back from him and Miles Scotson was 109th.
Compatriot Luke Durbridge was 111th, Adam Hansen was 117th, Lucas Hamilton was 119th, Ben O'Connor was 139th and Will Clarke was 154th.
Overall leader Conti remained one minute, 50 seconds ahead of Slovenian Primoz Roglic and 2:21 ahead of Frenchman Nans Peters.
Australian team Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates suffered a poor day on the climb to San Marino to leave himself more than five and half minutes off pink and more than three and a half minutes down on his main rival Roglic.
The best Australians in general classification are O'Connor, who is 7:12 off the lead, and McCarthy, who is 12:54 back from Conti.
Wednesday's 11th stage is also entirely flat along the 221km route from Carpi to Novi Ligure.
The Giro finishes in Verona on June 2.
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