Young Arnaud Demare Triumphs Amongst Veterans At Vattenfall Cyclassics
Arnaud Demare is widely considered one of the most talented French cyclists in the game. The kicker – he’s not even 21-years-old yet. The 20-year-old FDJ-BigMat, U-23 World Road Champion proved why he is a rising star at the Vattenfall Cyclassics in Hamburg, Germany as he took down some of the sports most experienced veterans. Demare beat out Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) with a late charge to win the 245.9km race.
Demare did well to position himself towards the end of the race. In doing so, he avoided a massive pile up that claimed the likes of Jens Keukeleire, Daryl Impey and Stuart O’Grady. Demare survived the carnage in the last few hundred meters and conquered an aggressive sprint with the speedy Greipel. His victory marked the sixth win of Demare’s impressive debut season on the pro circuit. Not only was it his sixth victory, but undoubtedly the biggest of his career.
“I’m super happy,” Demare said after his big victory. “It’s really great. When you win a race, you look at who came second, and the second-placed rider is Greipel! It gives me lots of motivation for the end of the season. I had never won a sprint after 246 kilometers. And in this kind of heat! I suffered; I constantly poured water over myself. Everybody was completely worn out.”
Fellow Oakley riders finished out the top five positions following Demare and Greipel with Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) placing third, just ahead of Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) in fourth. Defending champion Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) finished fifth.
Congratulations to Arnaud on his young career defining victory in Germany and best of luck in what looks to be a bright future in cycling.
Vattenfall Cyclassics (2.HC), Hamburg, Germany:
1, Arnaud Demare (FDJ-Big Mat) 246 km in 6hr 3mins 19 secs OAKLEY
2, André Greipel (Lotto Belisol Team)
3, Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Nissan) OAKLEY
4, Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) OAKLEY
5, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) OAKLEY