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‘I felt betrayed’ – Arnaud Démare hits out at former squad Groupama-FDJ

'I felt betrayed' – Arnaud Démare hits out at former squad Groupama-FDJ

Five months after he quit Groupama-FDJ mi-season, leading French sprinter Arnaud Démare says he continues to feel angered by how he claims he was treated by his former squad.

Last June, when told of his non-selection for the Tour de France by Groupama-FDJ for a second straight edition, Démare said he had been “angry and disheartened.” Earlier in the same month, Démare said he had been given to understand he would no longer form part of the team in 2024. Released from his contract, he left Groupama-FDJ for Arkéa-Samsic, now Arkea-B&B Hotels, on August 1 last year.  

In an interview with the France3 TV channel, the 32-year-old pulled no punches in his criticisms concerning his former team, saying, “My feelings of anger are still present, also my incomprehension. I’ve always been a pro, I’ve always valued the team. I felt betrayed and not recognised for everything I may have contributed.”

Cyclingnews reached out to Groupama-FDJ team manager Marc Madiot for a reaction to Démare’s criticisms, with Madiot saying he did not wish to comment, but he still viewed Démare as a “great rider” and that he wished things had worked out differently. 

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