With no Démare, Groupama-FDJ lead out an unfamiliar face at the Tour of Oman

Paul Penhoët (Groupama-FDJ)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

What does a lead out train do when the team's star sprinter decides to stay home and race on home roads rather than head to the Gulf to take on the first Tour of Oman in three years?

That's the dilemma Groupama-FDJ face this week when Arnaud Démare pulled out of the squad to instead ride the Tour de la Provence. The French team stepped up to the challenge with a call-up for their Continental squad sprinter Paul Penhoët.

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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, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.

 

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 the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.