Arnaud Démare (FDJ-Groupama) has Tuesday, the opening stage in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes (Fra/2.1) won. The 26-year-old Frenchman sprinted after 192,8 km from Jonzac to Cognac to the victory, for the Italians Matteo Moschetti and Matteo Malucelli. First compatriot, Michael Van Staeyen, a seventh place, Jonas Van Genechten sprinted to a ninth place. Démare is also the first leader.
One of the favourites in this French stage race was one for the sprinters and with Démare as a topper at the start was to Groupama-FDJ to the match under control. Five riders were all early on in the race the blessing of the French formation. Marc Fournier, Evaldas Siskevicius, Mattia Fell, Manuel Senni and Julien Antomarchi reason a lead of four minutes together. FDJ checked in a contest for the other little spirit knew.
15 kilometres was the song for the escapees, and also Direct Energy, for Thomas Boudat, and Pull-Segafredo, for their young trainee Moschetti, who since the start of his apprenticeship on 1 August, two wins recorded, their part contributed. But in the sprint was not a measure on Démare, his fourth victory of the season posted, after victories in Paris-Nice, the Tour of Switzerland and the Tour de France.