Arnaud Démare says he fears no other sprinter as he heralds rebirth following lockdown

The Frenchman won the repurposed Milan-Torino in the build-up to Milan - San Remo, where he was the last sprinter to win back in 2016

Arnaud Démare wins Milano - Torino (Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Arnaud Démare says he fears no other sprinter following the coronavirus lockdown, the Frenchman having emerged for the better following quarantine.

"[I feared] no-one," the Groupama-FDJ rider said after his Milano-Torino victory, repurposed as a warm-up for Saturday's Milan - San Remo. "The lockdown has been good for me, for the first time in my career I've been able to relax for two months. It's been a bad situation [overall] for good to come about [for him personally]. But I've come back. I've always had the desire but now I also have the freshness that I was lacking."

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