Arnaud Démare: 'I don't have to justify myself' over Milan-San Remo allegations

Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Démare criticises riders who said he took a tow up the Cipressa climb, dismissing them as 'bad sports and sore losers'

Arnaud Démare on the podium of Milan-San Remo 2016

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Démare has rubbished claims that he got a tow from an FDJ team car up the Cipressa climb during the race on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Frenchman was accused by Italian riders Matteo Tosatto (Tinkoff) and Eros Capecchi (Astana) of holding on to a team car as he attempted to catch back up with the peloton up the Cipressa after being caught in a crash.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.