Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in the Giro d'Italia to take his second stage win of the race so far.

Bouhanni won stage four on Tuesday and today's stage win (stage seven) was similar in many ways to his earlier victory.

The Frenchman - who rides for FDJ - seemed to slip stream Luka Mezgec, Giant-Shimano's stand-in sprinter and with 500 metres to go Bouhanni timed his attack perfectly and just had enough to edge out Giacomo Nizzolo on the line.

Victory was slim though, with just half a wheel separating Bouhanni from Nizzolo.

The 23-year-old explained how he managed to cross the line in first place.

Bouhanni told Sky Sports: “I started to sprint with about half a bike behind Luka Mezgec. I was closed in at the corner, but with 30m to go I managed to get in front and just take the win.”

The current pink jersey wearer, Michael Matthews, managed to finish in fourth place meaning he will wear the leaders jersey for yet another day, but with stage eight tomorrow finishing at the summit of Montecopiolo it will be the first time Matthews will be truly tested.

Cadel Evans will be looking to make up the 21-second advantage that Matthews has on him as Evans is known for his great climbing abilities.

However, due to the many crashes yesterday, Matthews will not be challenged by as many riders as expected. Joaquim Rodriguez failed to recover from his injuries and has pulled out of the race.

Matthews admitted he didn't have enough in him to beat Bouhanni after his stage win yesterday.

The Australian said: “It was a little bit more technical than we originally thought, but we tried to be on the front of the bunch with about 5km to go, and from then on it was trying to stay at the front for as long as possible. I didn’t quite have the legs after yesterday to get over Bouhanni.”

A sprint finish almost didn't occur today though as the five-man breakaway almost made it to the finish line ahead of the peloton. They were eventually caught three kilometres from the end of the stage.

Stage seven result

1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing, same time
3 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Giant-Shimano, st
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
5 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
6 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp, st
7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF, st
8 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing. st
9 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo, st
10 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale, st

General Classification

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 29:34:19
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, +21sec
3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +1:18
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo, +1:25
5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC, same time
6 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli, st
7 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica-GreenEdge, +1:47
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, +1:51
9 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol, +1:52
10 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale, +2:06

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