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Frenchmen Demare and Petit Sprint to Double Victory in U23 Men's 2011 World Championships Road Race in Denmark

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09/23/2011| 0 comments
by Reuters and Roadcycling.com
Double victory for France's World Cup team in Denmark. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Double victory for France's World Cup team in Denmark. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Frenchmen Demare and Petit Sprint to Double Victory in U23 Men's 2011 World Championships Road Race in Denmark

A year after launching his sprint too early, Arnaud Demare timed his effort to perfection to lead a French one-two as he claimed the under-23 road race title at the 2011 UCI road cycling world championships in and around Copenhagen, Denmark earlier today.

A year after launching his sprint too early, Arnaud Demare timed his effort to perfection to lead a French one-two as he claimed the under-23 road race title at the 2011 UCI road cycling world championships in and around Copenhagen, Denmark earlier today.

The 20-year-old Demare, a trainee with the FDJ team, was led out by his team mate Adrien Petit, who took second place ahead of Briton Andrew Fenn at the end of a 168 kilometer ride from Copenhagen to Rudersdal.

Last year, Demare looked set to succeed compatriot Romain Sicard as champion but failed to sustain the pace in the final sprint and finished a disappointed fifth.

This time, the French team waited patiently in the bunch until the final kilometres when they struck as the Australians failed to keep up their momentum on the final stretch.

"I spotted him (Demare) in an under-16 race and thought he would make for a good rider," FDJ sports director Yvon Madiot, who signed Demare with the FDJ foundation which helps young athletes to finish their studies, told reporters after today's race.

Demare, who will start his professional career at FDJ next year, burst into tears on the podium after receiving the world champion's rainbow jersey.

"It was a perfect race. Adrien led me perfectly. We started with 250 meters left and I moved in front 100 meters from the line. Seeing he was second made it even better," Demare told a post-race news conference.

"It went according to plan," commented Petit, who turned professional this season with French team Cofidis.

Fenn, who rides with Sean Kelly's An Post team, had mixed feelings.

"They got it spot on," he said of the French pair and concluded "I'm obviously happy because the team deserved a medal but a bit disappointed at the same time."

Watch video highlights from the 2011 UCI road world championships in our video section.

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