Arnaud Démarre’s second most beautiful success
16. June 2018









The 8th stage in Bellinzona ended in a mass sprint and with the triumph of the French road champion Arnaud Démare.

“For the first time in the Tour de Suisse, a large field crossed the finish line It is a great satisfaction for me to have beaten all the other sprinters. My joy is all the greater because this round trip is a good preparation for the Tour de France”. Démare (GFC/FRA) launched his spurt from the rear wheel of Fernando Gaviria (QST/COL).

In this year’s Pavés classic Paris – Roubaix Démare had suffered badly (61st place). A week later, the Frenchman celebrated that success that no one can take away from him: He got married. “This is my greatest triumph!” the Frenchman tweeted back then.

Now the first of Milan – San Remo (2016) and the 4th Tds stage 2013 (Innertkirchen – Buochs) has reached 49 professional successes.

Peter Sagan (BOH/SVK) did not manage to increase his record number of daily wins (16). The three-time road world champion tackled the mass spurt from a position too bad. “It’s like a game. Sometimes it succeeds, then again it doesn’t,” said Sagan, who as usual is accompanied by a large community of fans. He took comfort in the fact that his 4th place in Bellinzona was the seventh time he won the points classification ( of the Tour de Suisse.

The 123.8 km of the Bellinzona circuit could be considered a better training ride for the best of the overall classification. Leader Richie Porte (BMC/AUS) disagreed: “It was hectic and stressful.” Only the 34 km of Sunday’s time trial separate the Australian from the overall victory. For Porte, a dream would come true with this triumph: “After Phil Anderson, I would be the second Australian to win this tour. As a child, I followed his achievements from the screen and dreamed of being able to celebrate such successes one day.”Detail

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