Arnaud Démare pips Ben Swift to the line to win stage one at Paris-Nice

Ben Swift almost takes the win on stage one of Paris-Nice, but FDJ's Arnaud Démare just beats him on the line

Arnaud Demare wins stage one of the 2016 Paris-Nice (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Ben Swift's long sprint looked set to give him the win on stage one of Paris-Nice, but the Team Sky man was beaten on the line by a surging Arnaud Démare (FDJ).

Swift overtook late escapee Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) in the final 100m and had a bike-length lead over his rivals, but the sprint a few metres too long as the Frenchman overtook him in the final metres.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.