Nacer Bouhanni continued his dominance of the Giro d’Italia sprint finishes by winning his third stage of the race in Salsomaggiore Terme on Tuesday.
The FDJ.fr rider won stages four and seven and added the 173-kilometre 10th stage from Modena to strengthen his hold on the points classification’s red jersey.
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) finished ninth to retain the race leader’s maglia rosa, or pink jersey, with a 57-second advantage over Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
The technical finish was a challenge for the peloton - Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) crashed in the closing stages, splitting the bunch - but not for Bouhanni, who won ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge).
In eighth was Ben Swift, whose Team Sky squad were to the fore in the closing stages in a bid to shake off Bouhanni which came to nothing.
Wednesday’s 11th stage is the 249km medium mountains route from Collecchio to Savona.