Démare: It's a big disappointment to miss Tour de France selection

French rider of team Groupama FDJ Arnaud Demare reacts after he won the 115th edition of the 2123 km ParisTours one day cycling race in Tours Central France on October 10 2021 Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT AFP Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANTAFP via Getty Images
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) after his victory in Paris-Tours in October (Image credit: Guillaume Souvant/AFP via Getty Images)

Arnaud Démare has admitted his disappointment at not making Groupama-FDJ's selection for this year's Tour de France.

The French sprinter took part in his fifth Tour last year but finished outside the time cut on stage 9 and left the race with just a fourth place to his name. He has two career victories at the race, compared to five stages at the Giro d'Italia, where he'll line up once again in 2022.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix