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Demare wins Etoile de Besseges opening stage

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Arnaud Demare

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has won the opening stage of the Etoile de Besseges.

This year’s race started with a 158,4km stage from Bellegarde to Beaucaire in the Gard department in the Occitanie region of southern France and was an almost flat stage.

The final stretch went slightly up-hill but this didn’t stop Demare from giving it his all and crossing the line ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin).

The FDJ rider will have to defend his leader’s jersey in a 152km flat stage from Nimes to Rodilhan, likely an other target for sprinters.

Etoile de Besseges 2017 – stage 1 results (Bellegarde – Beaucaire):

1 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

3:34:19

2 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)

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3 Roy Jans (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect)

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4 Florian Senechal (Cofidis)

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5 Rudy Barbier (AG2R)

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6 Bert Van Lerberghe (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise)

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7 Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal)

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8 Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)

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9 Damien Touze (HP BTP – Auber 93)

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10 Jérémy Lecroq (Roubaix – Lille Metropole)

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