Demare relegated on stage 5 of Paris-Nice after apparent headbutt

BOLLÈNE, FRANCE - MARCH 11: Start / Podium / Arnaud Demare of France and Team Groupama - FDJ during the 79th Paris - Nice 2021, Stage 5 a 200km stage from Vienne to Bollène / Mask / Covid safety measures / Team Presentation / #ParisNice / on March 11, 2021 in Bollène, France. (Photo by Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)
Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) at the start of the fifth stage of Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images)

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) was relegated to the back of the bunch on stage 5 of Paris-Nice after a jerk of the head toward Bora-Hansgrohe rider Nils Politt, that appeared to be a headbutt, as the battle for position was unfolding with less than two kilometres to go to the finish line in Bollène.

Démare came across the line in 13th, as the green-jersey-clad Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) crossed in first, but later the French champion was relegated to 117th. At 1.7 kilometres to go Démare was moving up to the front on the wheel of two teammates while Politt was drifting back from the front after having worked to position teammate Pascal Ackermann, who came third. As Démare moved past what appeared to be a headbutt was directed toward the Bora-Hansgrohe rider.

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