Groupama-FDJ to focus on Tour de France sprints with Démare

Arnaude Demare (Groupama-FDJ) at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

With Thibaut Pinot unable to ride the Tour de France due to the fatigue and pneumonia that forced him to quit the Giro d’Italia before the final stage in Rome, the Groupama-FDJ team have confirmed that Arnaud Démare will lead the French team and target sprint success, with 21-year-old David Gaudu replacing Pinot as the team’s best climber and making his Tour de France debut. The eight-rider line-up also includes Jacopo Guarnieri, Olivier Le Gac, Ramon Sinkeldam and Tobias Ludvigsson, who will provide Démare’s lead out train, while Arthur Vichot and Rudy Molard will have the freedom to target stage victories when the stages do not suit Démare. Groupama-FDJ manager Marc Madiot is hoping Démare can also impress on the stage 9 to Roubaix that includes nine sections of cobbles of the spring Classic. Démare won stage 2 of the 2017 Tour de France but then struggled on stage 9 ...

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