Demare stuns favourites to win Milan-SanRemo


San Remo (Italy) (AFP)

Arnaud Demare, of the FDJeux team, became the first French winner of a major cycling classic since 1997 when he sprinted to victory in the 107th edition of a crash-marred Milan-SanRemo on Saturday.

Demare crossed the finish line of the first of cycling's five 'monuments' this season in 6hr 54min 45sec after surviving a late crash that upset the plans of a number of well-placed favourites.

Britain's Ben Swift, of Team Sky, finished a close second with Belgian Jurgen Roelandts completing the podium.

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet, the Belgian winner of last week's Tirreno-Adriatico, finished in fifth place just ahead of 2014 winner Alexander Kristoff, while 2008 winner Fabian Cancellara, in his final participation, was outside the top ten.