Photo finish confirms Arnaud Demare's victory on first day of Paris-Nice
Mar 05 2018 12:00 am CET

Photo finish confirms Arnaud Demare's victory on first day of Paris-Nice
Photo finish confirms Arnaud Demare's victory on first day of Paris-Nice
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Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) has taken the victory at the first stage of Paris-Nice. The Frenchman crossed the finish line millimetres ahead of Bahrain-Merida's Gorka Izagirre.

The first stage of the French race was 135 kilometres long and took place between Chatou and Meudon on a route that included three climbs of the third category. The day started with the escape of Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fortuneo-Samsic), Pierre Roland (EF Education First-Drapac) and Jurgen Roelandts (BMC), who got a gap of just under three minutes with the peloton.

At 34 kilometres to go there was a crash in the peloton that affected four riders and ended up with BMC's Tejay Van Garderen retiring from the race.

The escapees were reeled back in by the peloton with 14 kilometres to go and the peloton continued riding on the wet roads. With 2.3 kilometres left, there was a crash in the pack that caused that some riders to be left behind, resulting in significant damage for some GC candidates.

Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) attacked with two kilometres to go and seemed to be strong enough to keep a gap with the rest. The Frenchman was caught in the last cobbled uphill meters and the fight ended up in a photo finish confirming Groupama-FDJ's Arnaud Demare as winner of the day.

Gorza Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Mike Teunissen (Sunweb) completed the top five of the day.










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