Arnaud Démare

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Arnaud Démare
Tour de France 2015 - Étape 8 - Rennes 17 - Arnaud Démare (cropped).JPG
Démare at the 2015 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameArnaud Démare
Born (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 27)
Beauvais, France
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight76 kg (168 lb; 12 st 0 lb)
Team information
Current teamGroupama–FDJ
DisciplineRoad
Rider typeSprinter
Amateur team(s)
2008–2009Team Wasquehal
2010–2011CC Nogent-sur-Oise
2011FDJ (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2012–FDJ–BigMat
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2017, 2018)

Stage races

Four Days of Dunkirk (2013, 2014)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2014, 2017)
Milan–San Remo (2016)
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2012)
Grand Prix de Denain (2013, 2017)
London–Surrey Classic (2013)
Brussels Cycling Classic (2017)

Arnaud Démare (born 26 August 1991) is a professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Groupama–FDJ.[1] In 2011 he won the UCI World Under-23 Road Race Championships,[2] and in 2016 he won the Milan–San Remo.

Career[edit]

2012 season[edit]

Demare celebrating victory on the final stage of the 2012 Tour of Qatar

In August 2012, Demare won the first World Tour race of his career by prevailing in the Vattenfall Cyclassics, ahead of local favorite André Greipel and Giacomo Nizzolo.[3] Démare clearly dominated the mass sprint contested in scorching heat at the end of the 245.6 km (152.6 mi) race.[4]

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, Démare won 3 stages in a row at the Four Days of Dunkirk and the general classification.[5] On the third stage, his team-mate and lead-out rider Geoffrey Soupe produced a final power surge to launch Démare, and the duo finished one-two in the mass sprint, with Ramon Sinkeldam of Argos–Shimano taking third place.[6]

2014 season[edit]

Demare at the 2015 Tour de France wearing the French national champion's jersey

Démare won the Four Days of Dunkirk stage race for the second year in succession, winning two stages during the event. He also won the points and young rider classifications.[7] He also put in some strong performances in the cobbled classics, finishing second in Gent–Wevelgem and twelfth in Paris–Roubaix.[8]

2015 season[edit]

Démare struggled for form for much of the 2015 season, only scoring one top ten finish in the spring classics with a tenth place in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. He did however manage to score two stage wins in the Tour of Belgium.[8]

2016 season[edit]

In January 2016 Démare announced his race plans for the first half of the new season, starting his campaign on home soil at the Étoile de Bessèges and Tour Méditerranéen, followed by competing in the cobbled classics of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne, Milan–San Remo, Gent–Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix, along with the stage races Paris–Nice and the Three Days of De Panne.[8] He also announced that he would skip the Tour de France and focus on the Giro d'Italia instead.[9] He enjoyed success at the Tour Méditerranéen, where his FDJ squad won the race's opening team time trial and he won the following stage.[10] Démare went on win the first full stage of Paris–Nice[11] and then took the biggest win of his career at the Milan–San Remo. His victory was questioned by rival riders Matteo Tosatto and Eros Capecchi, who alleged that Démare had been assisted by a tow from a team car on the climb up the Cipressa after he crashed with 30 km to go. However, in the absence of any photographic or video evidence, race officials decided not to take any action.[12] Démare became the first Frenchman to win the Milan-San Remo since Laurent Jalabert in 1995. He was also the first Frenchman to win a Monument race since 1997, when Jalabert and Frédéric Guesdon had won the Giro di Lombardia and Paris-Roubaix respectively.[13]

2017 season[edit]

Demare at the 2017 Tour de France

On July 4, two days after finishing Stage 2 in second position behind Marcel Kittel, Démare clinched his first Tour de France or Grand Tour stage win by winning the 2017 Tour de France's fourth stage that ended in a hectic sprint into Vittel; it was the first stage victory by a Frenchman in a bunch sprint since Jimmy Casper won Stage 1 that started and ended in Strasbourg in 2006.[14] In Stage 6, Démare was edged out again into a second-place finish by Marcel Kittel, who launched a perfectly timed late sprint with around 200 metres to go.[15] Démare was ill during the mountainous Stage 8 and fell back very early. Two teammates were with him to try and bring him in within the time limit. He eventually finished in 188th position, 37 min 33 sec behind the Stage 8 winner.[16] Démare, who was sitting in second position in the points classification at the start of the Stage 9, finished that challenging mountain stage in a group around 40 minutes behind the Stage 9 winner. That put him outside the time limit, and therefore out of the Tour de France, along with six other riders.[17]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2009
2nd Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
2nd Bernaudeau Junior
3rd Overall Tour d'Istrie
1st Stage 3
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Time trial, UEC European Junior Road Championships
6th Overall GP Général Patton
9th Overall Tour De Lorraine Juniors
2010
1st Grand Prix de la ville de Pérenchies
1st Stage 4 Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
5th Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
8th La Côte Picarde
9th Paris–Tours Espoirs
10th ZLM Tour
10th Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
2011
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Road race, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
1st La Côte Picarde
1st Ronde Pévéloise
Coupe des nations Ville Saguenay
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Stage 3 Tour Alsace
4th Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
4th ZLM Tour
2012
1st Vattenfall Cyclassics
1st Le Samyn
1st Cholet-Pays de Loire
1st Stage 6 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 Route du Sud
2nd Halle–Ingooigem
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
4th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
4th Tro-Bro Léon
4th GP de Denain Porte du Hainaut
9th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
2013
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st RideLondon–Surrey Classic
1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Grote Prijs Beeckman-De Caluwé
1st Stage 4 Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 2 Eneco Tour
2nd Paris–Bourges
3rd Paris–Tours
9th Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole
9th Omloop van het Houtland
10th Vattenfall Cyclassics
2014
1st MaillotFra.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Eurometropole
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 4
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Stage 6 Tour of Qatar
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
10th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2015
Tour of Belgium
1st Stages 2 & 3
4th Paris–Bourges
4th Tour de Vendée
6th Vattenfall Cyclassics
10th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2016
1st Milan–San Remo
1st Binche–Chimay–Binche
La Méditerranéenne
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 2
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
Route du Sud
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
2nd Paris–Tours
2nd Brussels Cycling Classic
5th Gent–Wevelgem
6th Grand Prix de Fourmies
8th Halle–Ingooigem
2017
1st MaillotFra.PNG Road race, National Road Championships
Tour de France
1st Stage 4
Held Jersey green.svg after Stages 4–6
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stages 1 & 4
1st Brussels Cycling Classic
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 2 Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd EuroEyes Cyclassics
6th Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
6th Milan–San Remo
6th Paris–Roubaix
7th Tro-Bro Léon
2018
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle-Aquitaine
1st Jersey black.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 (ITT) & 5
1st Stage 18 Tour de France
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
2nd EuroEyes Cyclassics
2nd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Milan–San Remo
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 129 34 127 1 6 3
Tour of Flanders 24 DNF 23 DNF 56 15
Paris–Roubaix 90 12 37 6 61
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 10 10 82 20 9
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 4 22 11 6 2
E3 Harelbeke 101 56
Gent–Wevelgem 143 12 2 15 5 78 3
Hamburg Cyclassics 1 10 45 6 34 2 2
Paris–Tours 3 42 12 2

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 159 138 DNF 141
A red jersey Vuelta a España
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ Arnaud Demare Wins U23 World Road Race Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Susan Westemeyer (19 August 2012). "Demare wins Vattenfalls Cyclassics". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Greipel to miss World Championships in Limburg". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Kreder wins fourth stage in Dunkerque". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Four Days of Demare in Liévin". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. ^ Axelgaard, Emil (11 May 2014). "Engoulvent and Demare share the spoils in Dunkirk". CyclingQuotes. JJnet.dk A/S. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Demare details 2016 race programme - News Shorts". cyclingnews.com. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ Cossins, Peter (18 January 2016). "Demare opts for Giro d'Italia instead of Tour de France". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Demare wins stage 2 at La Méditerranéenne". cyclingnews.com. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Paris-Nice: Team Sky's Ben Swift pipped by Arnaud Demare". bbc.co.uk. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Demare hits back at Milan-San Remo tow allegations". cyclingnews.com. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Arnaud Démare remporte Milan - San Remo !". L'Équipe. 19 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Tour de France: Demare wins in Vittel – French champion takes stage 4 victory in crash-marred sprint". www.cyclingnews.com. 4 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Marcel Kittel Wins Stage 6 of 2017 Tour de France Ahead of Arnaud Demare". Bleacher Report. 6 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Tour de France: Calmejane wins stage 8 - GC unchanged in blisteringly fast stage in the Jura mountains". www.cyclingnews.com. 8 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Tour de France: Demare, Trentin, Renshaw and others finish outside time limit on stage 9". www.cyclingnews.com. 9 July 2017.

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