Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ) will not take the start of Paris-Roubaix, he announced on Twitter on Thursday. The Frenchman was the victim of a high speed crash in the Tour of Flanders and is still suffering the effects.
Démare's 12th-place in last year's Paris-Roubaix raised his hopes that he could finally bridge a yawning 19-year gap since the last time a Frenchman won the race. Frédéric Gueson was the last winner in 1997, and is now the directeur sportif of FDJ.
However, a crash early in Tour of Flanders left him with road rash over much of his body. Démare said he would return in the Giro d'Italia.
Cest avec regret que je renonce à ma participation pour @Paris_Roubaix ce week-end suite à ma chute au tour de Flandres.— Arnaud Demare (@ArnaudDemare) April 7, 2016
De retour au Giro.