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Both Demare and Bouhanni are still too young to be pigeonholed - we are excited that Demare rode many spring semi-classics this year and even won Le Samyn, Cholet-Pays de Loire, and most importantly a stage of Tour of Qatar, which today is used as a warmup race by the top sprinters on the field. We were impressed by his win in Le Samyn, the opener of the Walloon racing season. He kept his cool in a hotly contested race, his team rallied around him, and he timed his sprint perfectly. Of course, he is U-23 world champion with another French youngster Adrien Petit in second place.
Bouhanni won a stage of Circuit de Lorraine and a stage of Etoile des Besseges, an important French stage race, and recently Halle-Ingooigem.
France hasn't won the World Championship since 1997 with Laurent Brochard. Further, their performance in the classics hasn't been great. Is it a dream to far that we may see a French winner of a classic, or the World Championship, in the next 5 years?
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