Paris-Nice 2018: Arnaud Démare wins first stage in photo finish
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Paris-Nice 2018: Arnaud Démare wins first stage in photo finish

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FDJ’s Arnaud Démare claimed the opening stage victory at this season’s Paris-Nice race in a photo finish sprint over Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida).


The Frenchman also won the last year’s opening stage and stage two in 2016. With the today’s opening stage victory, the champion was able to earn a 10 second bonus. 4 seconds ahead of Izagirre in the overall classification and 6 seconds ahead of Laporte .



“I thought I was second, I wasn’t expecting it so when they told me I’d won it was an explosion of joy. I was sure I was second, I threw my bike more in despair than anything,” Démare said.


“At the end you’re not lucid at all, so when they told me I’d won it was extraordinary. It’s my first win, and to do it like that… it burned, it burned, but I never gave up. I’m super happy to win in front of my fan club and my family who are here. It’s perfect.”


Sadly, a sudden crash in the first 2.5 kilometers reduced the competition by taking out several big names, some of them include Katusha-Alpecin’s Ilnur Zakarin and Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang.



First Stage Results


Paris-Nice 2018, opening stage: Chatou to Meudon, 135 kilometers


Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, in 3-07-39

Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida

Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis

Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal

Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb

Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors, all same time

Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 2 secs

Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing

Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott

Ion Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida, at same time


General classification so far


Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, in 3-07-29

Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida, at 4 secs

Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, at 6 secs

Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 10 secs

Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb, at 10 secs

Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors, at 10 secs

Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 12 secs

Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing, at 12 secs

Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott, at 12 secs

Ion Izagirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida, at same time, at 12 secs


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