Criterium du Dauphine: A day of contrasts for Demare

The second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was a day of contrasts for Arnaud Démare (FDJ). The Frenchman made the uphill drag in the final 200 metres look easy – Alexander Kristoff and Nacer Bouhanni were convincingly put to the sword – but his dominance gave little indication of how he'd suffered just a couple of hours earlier.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.