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Demare triumphs in stressful Sanremo

  • By VeloNews.com
  • Published Mar. 19, 2016
  • Updated Mar. 25, 2016 at 12:43 PM EDT
Arnaud Démare took the biggest victory of his career in Saturday's Milano-Sanremo. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) took the biggest victory of his career Saturday in the 107th edition of Milano-Sanremo. Less than an hour after hitting the deck on the run-in to the day’s penultimate climb, the 24-year-old triumphed in a hectic finishing sprint to give France its first Milano-Sanremo winner since Laurent Jalabert won the race in 1995.

2014 third-place finisher Ben Swift (Sky) added another Sanremo podium performance to his palmares, taking runner-up honors, while Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto – Soudal) nabbed third at the end of a stressful day in north-western Italy.

Top 10

  • 1. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, in 6:54:45
  • 2. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 4. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 5. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 6. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 7. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 8. Filippo POZZATO, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at :00
  • 9. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 10. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00



A landslide forced race organizer RCS Sport to send the peloton on a detour early on in the afternoon, but the action was otherwise relatively calm for the first few hours of racing. An 11-rider breaker jumped clear and was given more than eight minutes of an advantage as the peloton bided its time in the 291km event.

Eventually the gap began to fall, and the pace began to pick up in the peloton as the flat parcours turned lumpy inside the final 60km. The escapees saw their gap drop to three minutes as the riders began to take on the succession of small climbs that lined the road to Sanremo.

That’s when things turned hectic.

A string of crashes saw several riders hit the deck as the peloton approached and then began to climb the Cipressa, the penultimate climb of the race. Around 30km from the finish, a crash brought down Démare himself, as well as Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) and Geraint Thomas (Sky) among others. Démare and Matthews would make it back into the bunch, though Matthews found himself dropped again after making the effort to catch up.

Soon after, the pack closed down the early breakaway, putting everything in play for the peloton. With Katusha trying to keep things under control at the front of the bunch, Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) and Ian Stannard (Sky) went on the move on the Cipressa and opened up a small gap.

Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Daniel Oss (BMC Racing), and Fabio Sabatini (Etixx – Quick-Step) jumped across, but the quintet could only hold on until just before the foot of the Poggio, where they were swept up by the peloton.

Southeast’s Andrea Fedi kicked off the action on the Poggio and that spurred several others to go on the attack. That was the cue for Michal Kwiatkowski (Sky) to jump clear. He took a small gap over the top of the climb and despite attempts to bridge by Fabian Cancellara (Trek – Segafredo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) he managed to hold out even into the last 2km before a charging peloton made the catch.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) led the way, trying to string out the bunch.

That set up a messy sprint for the win, where one last crash left its mark on the race. Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step) hit the deck while winding up his sprint inside the final kilometer. The crash put him out of contention, and it also put several riders, Tinkoff’s Peter Sagan included, on the wrong side of a moment’s slow-up.

Démare emerged from the chaotic finale to take a convincing sprint win ahead of Swift, with Roelandts nabbing third ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), who slammed his bars in frustration at missing out on the win and even the podium.

“This is incredible, Démare said. “There are days like this one in which everything works despite the occasional hiccup, like crashing at the bottom of the Cipressa. I made it across at the bottom of the Poggio and the entire way I felt fantastic. I became the under-23 world champion in similar conditions after crashing.

“I’m delighted to win Milano-Sanremo. This is a big one and has been running for over a century. It’s extraordinary. I’m extremely happy.”

For Démare, it’s the third win of the season and the second time he has finished just in front of Ben Swift — the Frenchman pipped the Brit to the line two weeks ago in stage 1 of Paris-Nice.

Milano-Sanremo results

  • 1. Arnaud DEMARE, FDJ, in 6:54:45
  • 2. Ben SWIFT, TEAM SKY, at :00
  • 3. Jurgen ROELANDTS, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :00
  • 4. Nacer BOUHANNI, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :00
  • 5. Greg VAN AVERMAET, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 6. Alexander KRISTOFF, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
  • 7. Heinrich HAUSSLER, IAM CYCLING, at :00
  • 8. Filippo POZZATO, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at :00
  • 9. Sonny COLBRELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at :00
  • 10. Matteo TRENTIN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :00
  • 11. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 12. Peter SAGAN, TINKOFF, at :00
  • 13. Matteo MONTAGUTI, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 14. Tom Jelte SLAGTER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :00
  • 15. Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 16. Jan BAKELANTS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at :00
  • 17. Niccolo BONIFAZIO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 18. Arthur VICHOT, FDJ, at :00
  • 19. Simon GESCHKE, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
  • 20. Francesco GAVAZZI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :00
  • 21. Davide REBELLIN, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :00
  • 22. Andrea FEDI, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at :00
  • 23. Paul VOSS, BORA-ARGON 18, at :00
  • 24. Sep VANMARCKE, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 25. Lars BOOM, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 26. Edvald BOASSON HAGEN, DIMENSION DATA, at :00
  • 27. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
  • 28. Dayer Uberney QUINTANA ROJAS, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
  • 29. Enrico BATTAGLIN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :00
  • 30. Franco PELLIZOTTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :00
  • 31. Fabian CANCELLARA, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 32. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, IAM CYCLING, at :08
  • 33. Vincenzo NIBALI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :08
  • 34. Tony GALLOPIN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 35. Jens DEBUSSCHERE, LOTTO SOUDAL, at :08
  • 36. Arnold JEANNESSON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :08
  • 37. Jacopo GUARNIERI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :08
  • 38. Geoffrey SOUPE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at :11
  • 39. Vicente REYNES MIMO, IAM CYCLING, at :14
  • 40. Michal KWIATKOWSKI, TEAM SKY, at :34
  • 41. Ramunas NAVARDAUSKAS, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :36
  • 42. Giacomo NIZZOLO, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :36
  • 43. Martin ELMIGER, IAM CYCLING, at :36
  • 44. Koen DE KORT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :36
  • 45. Giovanni VISCONTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 46. Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :36
  • 47. Leigh HOWARD, IAM CYCLING, at :36
  • 48. Aleksejs SARAMOTINS, IAM CYCLING, at :36
  • 49. Peter KENNAUGH, TEAM SKY, at :36
  • 50. Paul MARTENS, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at :36
  • 51. Fabio FELLINE, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :36
  • 52. Davide VIGANO, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :36
  • 53. Mirko SELVAGGI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at :36
  • 54. Michael MORKOV, TEAM KATUSHA, at :36
  • 55. Tom BOONEN, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at :36
  • 56. Roman KREUZIGER, TINKOFF, at :36
  • 57. Ian STANNARD, TEAM SKY, at :36
  • 58. Diego ULISSI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :36
  • 59. Michael MATTHEWS, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at :36
  • 60. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :43
  • 61. Alessandro DE MARCHI, BMC RACING TEAM, at :44
  • 62. Dominik NERZ, BORA-ARGON 18, at :53
  • 63. Anthony ROUX, FDJ, at 1:12
  • 64. Zico WAEYTENS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 1:26
  • 65. Oscar GATTO, TINKOFF, at 1:30
  • 66. Laurens DE VREESE, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:38
  • 67. Stijn VANDENBERGH, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:38
  • 68. Ignatas KONOVALOVAS, FDJ, at 1:38
  • 69. Dylan VAN BAARLE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:38
  • 70. Jan BARTA, BORA-ARGON 18, at 1:38
  • 71. Danilo WYSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:38
  • 72. Enrico BARBIN, BARDIANI CSF, at 1:38
  • 73. Simone PONZI, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 1:38
  • 74. Sven erik BYSTRØM, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:38
  • 75. Simon SPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:38
  • 76. Angel VICIOSO ARCOS, TEAM KATUSHA, at 1:38
  • 77. Stephen CUMMINGS, DIMENSION DATA, at 1:38
  • 78. Fabio SABATINI, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:38
  • 79. Fernando GAVIRIA RENDON, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:48
  • 80. Gianluca BRAMBILLA, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 1:48
  • 81. Gatis SMUKULIS, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:53
  • 82. Andriy GRIVKO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 1:53
  • 83. Marco FRAPPORTI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 1:53
  • 84. Elia VIVIANI, TEAM SKY, at 1:53
  • 85. Christophe LAPORTE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 1:53
  • 86. Matthieu LADAGNOUS, FDJ, at 1:53
  • 87. Christophe RIBLON, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:53
  • 88. Jelle VANENDERT, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 1:59
  • 89. Marcus BURGHARDT, BMC RACING TEAM, at 2:43
  • 90. Patrick KONRAD, BORA-ARGON 18, at 2:43
  • 91. Luke ROWE, TEAM SKY, at 2:43
  • 92. Reinardt JANSE VAN RENSBURG, DIMENSION DATA, at 2:43
  • 93. Kévin REZA, FDJ, at 2:58
  • 94. David LOZANO RIBA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 3:17
  • 95. Simon YATES, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 3:18
  • 96. Daniel OSS, BMC RACING TEAM, at 3:26
  • 97. Valerio AGNOLI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 3:26
  • 98. Kristijan KOREN, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:29
  • 99. Maarten TJALLINGII, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 3:29
  • 100. Matteo TOSATTO, TINKOFF, at 3:29
  • 101. Mirco MAESTRI, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:29
  • 102. Moreno MOSER, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 3:29
  • 103. Simone ANDREETTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 3:31
  • 104. Sacha MODOLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 3:31
  • 105. Rudiger SELIG, BORA-ARGON 18, at 4:13
  • 106. Bartlomiej MATYSIAK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:25
  • 107. Eros CAPECCHI, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at 4:25
  • 108. Davide CIMOLAI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 4:25
  • 109. Jaroslaw MARYCZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 4:25
  • 110. Mark CAVENDISH, DIMENSION DATA, at 4:25
  • 111. Grégory RAST, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 4:25
  • 112. Lorenzo ROTA, BARDIANI CSF, at 4:25
  • 113. Winner ANACONA GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 6:16
  • 114. Julien SIMON, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:46
  • 115. Luis Angel MATE MARDONES, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS, at 6:46
  • 116. Roger KLUGE, IAM CYCLING, at 7:01
  • 117. Adam HANSEN, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 7:01
  • 118. Maciej BODNAR, TINKOFF, at 7:01
  • 119. Yaroslav POPOVYCH, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 9:25
  • 120. Roberto FERRARI, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 9:25
  • 121. Hugo HOULE, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 9:25
  • 122. Michael ALBASINI, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 10:16
  • 123. Daniel MARTÍNEZ, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 10:16
  • 124. Roy CURVERS, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 10:16
  • 125. Víctor DE LA PARTE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 10:48
  • 126. Pim LIGTHART, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 11:37
  • 127. Marco HALLER, TEAM KATUSHA, at 11:37
  • 128. Cesare BENEDETTI, BORA-ARGON 18, at 12:53
  • 129. Sam BENNETT, BORA-ARGON 18, at 12:53
  • 130. Bert DE BACKER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 12:53
  • 131. Tom STAMSNIJDER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at 12:53
  • 132. Tom VAN ASBROECK, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 12:53
  • 133. Jesse SERGENT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 12:53
  • 134. Francisco José VENTOSO ALBERDI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:53
  • 135. Lars Ytting BAK, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 12:53
  • 136. Manuel QUINZIATO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:53
  • 137. Julen AMEZQUETA, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 12:53
  • 138. Gregor MUHLBERGER, BORA-ARGON 18, at 12:53
  • 139. Mark RENSHAW, DIMENSION DATA, at 12:53
  • 140. Jean-Pierre DRUCKER, BMC RACING TEAM, at 12:53
  • 141. Francesco CHICCHI, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 12:53
  • 142. Zdenek STYBAR, ETIXX – QUICK STEP, at 12:53
  • 143. Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE, MOVISTAR TEAM, at 12:53
  • 144. Manuele BOARO, TINKOFF, at 12:53
  • 145. Marco COLEDAN, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 12:53
  • 146. Mattia CATTANEO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 12:53
  • 147. Matteo BONO, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 12:53
  • 148. Manuel BELLETTI, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 12:53
  • 149. Mirko TEDESCHI, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 12:53
  • 150. Patrick GRETSCH, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:25
  • 151. Joonas HENTTALA, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 14:25
  • 152. Alan MARANGONI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 14:25
  • 153. Martijn VERSCHOOR, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 14:25
  • 154. Christopher WILLIAMS, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 14:25
  • 155. Serghei TVETCOV, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC, at 14:25
  • 156. Gediminas BAGDONAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 14:25
  • 157. Luka MEZGEC, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 14:25
  • 158. Charles PLANET, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 14:25
  • 159. Jens KEUKELEIRE, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 14:25
  • 160. Kevin DE MESMAEKER, TEAM NOVO NORDISK, at 14:25
  • 161. Reto HOLLENSTEIN, IAM CYCLING, at 14:25
  • 162. Jos VAN EMDEN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 14:28
  • 163. Mickael DELAGE, FDJ, at 14:28
  • 164. Thomas LEEZER, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 14:28
  • 165. William BONNET, FDJ, at 14:28
  • 166. Marcel SIEBERG, LOTTO SOUDAL, at 14:28
  • 167. Daryl IMPEY, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 14:28
  • 168. Adam BLYTHE, TINKOFF, at 14:28
  • 169. Geraint THOMAS, TEAM SKY, at 14:28
  • 170. Adrian HONKISZ, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 14:28
  • 171. Christopher JUUL JENSEN, ORICA – GreenEDGE, at 14:28
  • 172. Sebastian LANGEVELD, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 14:28
  • 173. Adrian KUREK, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 17:59
  • 174. Jay Robert THOMSON, DIMENSION DATA, at 19:07
  • 175. Eugenio ALAFACI, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at 19:07
  • 176. Nikolay MIHAYLOV, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at 19:07
  • 177. Alessandro TONELLI, BARDIANI CSF, at 19:07
  • 178. Samuele CONTI, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 21:17
  • 179. Jakub MARECZKO, SOUTHEAST – VENEZUELA, at 21:17
  • 180. Axel DOMONT, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 22:25
  • DNF Daniele BENNATI, TINKOFF
  • DNF Giorgio CECCHINEL, ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC
  • DNF Nicola BOEM, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Stefano PIRAZZI, BARDIANI CSF
  • DNF Simon CLARKE, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM
  • DNF Jerome COUSIN, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Cyril LEMOINE, COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • DNF Nathan HAAS, DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Serge PAUWELS, DIMENSION DATA
  • DNF Julien VERMOTE, ETIXX – QUICK STEP
  • DNF Manuele MORI, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Federico ZURLO, LAMPRE – MERIDA
  • DNF Carlos Alberto BETANCUR GOMEZ, MOVISTAR TEAM
  • DNF Sam BEWLEY, ORICA – GreenEDGE
  • DNF Nikias ARNDT, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Albert TIMMER, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN
  • DNF Sergey LAGUTIN, TEAM KATUSHA
  • DNF Javier MEGIAS LEAL, TEAM NOVO NORDISK
  • DNF Andrea PERON, TEAM NOVO NORDISK
  • DNS Moreno HOFLAND, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO

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