Dainese wins its first Giro stage, while Lopez maintains his lead.

Alberto Dainese of Italy wins stage 11 of the Giro dItalia . Dainese sprints off Simone Consonni to win with a perfectly timed sprint to the finish .

Alberto Dainese of Italy won his first Giro dItalia stage on Wednesday, winning with a perfectly timed sprint to the finish in stage 11, which was 203 kilometers (126.14 miles) from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia.Arnaud Demare, a French sprint leader, Mark Cavendish, and Australian Caleb Ewan all raced past the 24-year-old before sprinting off compatriot Simone Consonni for victory.Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) came in second and Consonni (Cofidis) came in third.Romain Bardet, Dainese's teammate, started the race third in the general classification, but then fell to fourth.

This morning, our goal was to sprint with Cees Bol.It didn't work that way.It's insane that Bardet, who is third on the GC, led me out.To win a stage of the Giro dItalia is an amazing achievement.

With 50 kilometers left, Dutchman Dries De Bondt of Alpecin-Fenix lead until being chased down just over a mile from the finish.Juan Pedro Lopez of Spain defended his 12-second lead and now holds the overall leader pink jersey, while Ecuador's Richard Carapaz leapfrogged Portugal's Joao Almeida to second place in the overall standings.Stage 12 of the Tour de Parma to Genoa is a 204-kilometer trek that includes many climbs as well as a steep and technical descent.