• Demare wins Paris-Nice first stage, Matthews holds lead


    VENDÔME, France: France’s Arnaud Demare won a sprint finish as snow fell on the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Monday 9Tuesday in Manila) with Australia’s Michael Matthews holding the overall race lead. FDJ rider Demare, junior world champion in 2011 and French champion in 2014, crossed ahead of Britain’s Ben Swift and France’s Nacer Bouhanni after the 198km stage of ‘The Race to the Sun’ between Conde-sur-Vesgre and Vendome, southwest of Paris. Swift launched the sprint but was caught with 24-year-old Demare claiming his second success of the season after a stage in the Tour of the Mediterranean last month.



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