Matteo Tosatto (Tinkoff) and Eros Capecchi (Astana) have both alleged that Arnaud Demare (FDJ) took a tow from a team car during his Milan-San Remo win. The Frenchman lost contact with the front of the race just before the Cipressa after he was involved in a crash. However he made his way back to the race and took the sprint ahead of Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal).
According to Tosatto, who had worked all day for Peter Sagan, his team leader, “Demare was off the back before the Cipressa. Then on the climb he passed us going twice our speed. I didn’t see if he was on the car window or with a (sticky) bottle. Of course he was strong in the sprint but without that tow he would never have made it to contest the sprint. I’ve never seen a thing like that done so shamelessly.”
Tosatto was speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport at the finish line in San Remo, and added: “I wasn’t alone at that moment, there were other riders with me and I think they saw what happened pretty well.”
Capecchi backed up Tosatto’s claims, telling the Italian publication that, “Demare passed us at 80km/h on the climb. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I was on Tosatto’s wheel and saw it very clearly. Demare was hanging onto the right of the team car. It’s disgusting!”
According to reports race judge Herve Borcque was notified of the allegations but with no video or photographic proof, the matter was taken no further.
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