In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: British Cycling funding under threat; British Cycling board minutes illustrate desire for cover-up; Critérium du Dauphiné announces route, alternative Alpe d’Huez ascent; Démare says he has nothing to defend about Sanremo win; Vanmarcke on the mend, will miss Sanremo; Barguil out of Sanremo with ankle injury; Meares considered consulting Hoy over retirement; Iris Slappendel starts cycling clothing line; Driver charged after confrontation with cyclists caught on video; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: The Garners; FWDSET: Movement; Pici Bici – The Collective // Matic.
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FDJ’s Arnaud Démare took the biggest win of his career at Milano-Sanremo last year. However, there were allegations that he took assistance from a team car following a late race crash. Démare said he has nothing to defend about last year’s race, except trying to win it again this year.
“I was just very strong last year,” he told Sporza. “If anything would have happened wrong, then the jury would have seen. I do not have to defend myself, because I have done nothing wrong and cherish that win.”
The Frenchman says he has continued to improve since his win and has refined his role as a Classics sprinter, rather than a true field sprinter like Kittel or Cavendish. “The sprinters take an effort 11 or 12 full seconds and then lose momentum. I’m more of a long sprinter and get more fulfilled in a difficult sprint, slightly up or after a tough final.”
“I feel I have put a step forward. I recuperate faster after intense exercise. I am mentally and physically stronger, and my team has grown. If you win early in the season, that’s good for the head.”
“Arnaud is currently at a very high level,” said team manager Thierry Bricaud. “That comes as no surprise, but it is an important finding, especially for his teammates. Thanks to its strong performance they know they have a leader who can finish.”
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