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Mar 19, 2016 – Arnaud Demare, of the FDJeux team, became the first French winner of a major cycling classic since 1997 when he sprinted to victory in the 107th edition of a crash-marred Milan-SanRemo on Saturday.
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Demare crossed the finish line of the first of cycling’s five ‘monuments’ this season in 6hr 54min 45sec after surviving a late crash that upset the plans of a number of well-placed favorites.
Britain’s Ben Swift, of Team Sky, finished a close second with Belgian Jurgen Roelandts completing the podium. BMC’s Greg Van Avermaet, the Belgian winner of last week’s Tirreno-Adriatico, finished in fifth place just ahead of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff, while 2008 winner Fabian Cancellara, in his final participation, was outside the top ten.
Final kilometers of Milano San Remo
#ToTheLine: The finale of the 2016 Milano Sanremo. Barreling into the final kilometer of #MSR, the big guns hit the front and with a crash in the closing kilometers the race was wide open! (vid-Eurosport) Coverage presented by Speedplay #walkablecleat
Posted by Peloton Magazine on Saturday, March 19, 2016
1. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 6:54:45
2. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
7. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
8. Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Southeast – Venezuela
9. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
10. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
11. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
12. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team
13. Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
14. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale Pro Cycling
15. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team