Dé­mare romps to a fa­mous French !ive

Procycling - - DEBRIEF -

Just two days af­ter be­ing de­feated in Ger­many, Arnaud Dé­mare bounced back em­phat­i­cally by win­ning all five stages and the over­all of the Tour du Poitou Charentes in south­west France. Such a com­plete white­wash of stage wins is so rare, only two other rid­ers have won five con­sec­u­tive stages in this cen­tury - Alessan­dro Pe­tac­chi in the 2006 Oddset Rund­fahrt and Jakob Mareczko at the 2017 Tour of Hainan. But the four largely flat stages suited Dé­mare who faced mod­est sprint ri­vals, while he beat com­pa­triot Syl­vain Cha­vanel on the stage 4 time trial to en­sure he won the over­all.

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