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Demare out of Paris-Roubaix

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Arnaud Demare (FDJ) winner of the 2016 Milan-Sanremo

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) winner of the 2016 Milan-Sanremo
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Arnud Demare shows his shredded FDJ jersey after his Tour of Flanders crash

Arnud Demare shows his shredded FDJ jersey after his Tour of Flanders crash
(Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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Arnaud Démare (FDJ) crashed out of the Tour of Flanders

Arnaud Démare (FDJ) crashed out of the Tour of Flanders
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

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.