FDJ rider Arnaud Démare was looking good for the win but had to settle for second place after Kittel’s powerful kick toward the finish line.

“I think the lead out was good, the team worked really well, but I lacked a little juice in the sprint and I waited too long,” said Démare according to Cyclingnews.

“He caught me by surprise. He came up that much faster from behind, and he had much more momentum. There was a fraction of a second when I was going slightly under full-gas, not accelerating fast enough, wanting to wait. Then he kicked, and I went, but it was already too late.

“It was a small error due to a lack of confidence maybe. It knocked the wind out of my sails but I can’t be too unhappy.”