Démare, stage and final general with Cortina again second

The Frenchman from Groupama was proclaimed the final winner of the Tour de Poitou Charentes after signing a treble. Cortina, second, came close to victory again.


The Frenchman Arnaud Démare (Groupama FDJ) has been proclaimed final winner of the Tour de Poitou Charentes after signing a triplet in the fourth and last stage between Thénezay and Poitiers, of 164 kilometers, in which he beat the Spanish Iván García Cortina (Bahrain McLaren ) .

Third stage win for the 29-year-old French champion, absolute dominator in sprint outcomes, this time in a duel with García Cortina, who obtained another second place, with the same time of 3h.34.13. The third place went to the German Alexander Krieger (Alpecin Fenix)

Démare ousted the Czech Josef Cerny (CCC) from the first place, winner of the time trial of the 4th stage, who had difficulty maintaining the white jersey of the leader against Démare.

The Groupama leader and French champion regained the lead by taking 3 bonus seconds on the first intermediate sprint (14km) .

That set allowed 5 men to escape: Jérémy Leveau, Harry Tanfield, Iljo Keisse, Damien Gaudin and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck. It was the Belgian Keisse who attacked within the group to open the gap, but the peloton, controlled by Arnaud Démare's men, led to a sprint that Démare dominated.

The Frenchman crowned the podium accompanied by the Czech Cerny and the American Joey Rosskopf (CCC).

Ninth victory of the season for the best sprinter in French cycling, this year's winner of the Milan-Turin, Tour de Wallonia and national championship. His record includes the Milan-San Remo 2016 and 2 stages of the Tour de France.


1. A. Démare (Fra / Groupama) 3: 34: 13.

2. I. García Cortina (Esp / Bahrain) mt

.A. Krieger (Ale / Alpecin) mt


1. A. Démare (Fra / Groupama) 15: 58: 59.

2. J. Cerny (RCh / CCC) at 12.

. J. Rosskopf (USA / CCC) to 32.

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