Démare: I'm on an equal footing to Pinot now

MATERA ITALY OCTOBER 08 Arrival Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama FDJ Celebration during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 6 a 188km stage from Castrovillari to Matera 401m girodiitalia Giro on October 08 2020 in Matera Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Arnaud Démare believes he's on the same level in terms of status as his Groupama-FDJ co-leader Thibaut Pinot, as the pair reverse roles once again and the French sprinter returns to the Tour de France in 2021. 

The two star riders for Marc Madiot's team have largely been kept apart over the past five years. Pinot focused on the Giro d'Italia in 2017 and 2018, opening the door for Démare to win stages in France both years. Pinot then returned to challenge for the Tour in 2019 and 2020, leaving Démare and his lead-out train to content themselves with the Giro. 

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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.