Arnaud Démare says he ‘will win Milan-San Remo again’

The French sprinter is confident heading into the 2019 edition

Arnaud Démare wins on the Via Roma in 2016 (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Former Milan-San Remo champion Arnaud Démare says ‘he will win it again’ as he looks ahead to the 2019 edition.

The Frenchman, who won on the Via Roma in 2016, returns to the Italian Monument on Saturday (March 23) to repeat that glory.

Démare is confident he can win again, which would earn him a spot in an elite club of double winners.

The Groupama-FDJ rider said: “It is a race that is in my line of expertise.

“I’ve already won it, got a podium and finished sixth.

“I know it is a race I’m never far from winning and someday I will win again for sure.”

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He added: “It is a race where you give everything you have, where you reach the end of your limits.

“Every race is great to win but this one has something special.”

Only seven riders have won Milan-San Remo twice, most famous among them Sean Kelly and Laurent Fignon.

The great Eddy Merckx has most wins with seven.

Démare won in a bunch sprint in 2016 after a hectic final kilometre.

A crash at the front of the peloton in the final split the riders down the middle, with Démare weaving across the road to beat Ben Swift and Jürgen Roelandts.

Ahead of the 2019 race, Démare said: “I am just back from Paris-Nice where, even if I did not win, I gained a bit of condition and confidence.

“I love everything about [Milan-San Remo].

“This day has something mythical. It’s part of our sport’s history. “

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Grouapama-FDJ line-up for Milan-San Remo 2019

Arnaud Démare (Fra)

Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)

Ignatas Konovalovas (Lit)

Stefan Küng (SUI)

Matthieu Ladagnous (FR)

Olivier Le Gac (FR)

Anthony Roux (FR)

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.