Demare pulls out of Paris-Nice to focus on Milan-San Remo

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)

Arnaud Demare ( Groupama-FDJ ) has pulled out of Paris-Nice ahead of the penultimate stage with his team citing the poor weather and accumulated fatigue for the decision. It may be called the race to the sun but low temperatures and heavy rain are expected over the closing weekend of the race. With this in mind, Groupama-FDJ confirmed on Saturday morning that Demare would not take the start of stage 8. The Frenchman now turns his focus back to the Classics, with Milan-San Remo his next major target on March 17. Demare won the Italian Monument in 2016. Demare took the team’s first victory in their new Groupama-FDJ colours on stage 1 of Paris-Nice, beating Gorka Izagirre in a photo finish after an uphill sprint to the line. Thanks to his victory, Demare spent two days in the leader’s jersey before giving it away to Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) after ...

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