Démare has done it again. Just imagine how much prior preparation this succession of stage wins represents. After all, assembling a group of riders of the right physique, physiology and interchangeability to constitute a sprint train at a reasonable budget, keeping them fit and well, drilled but also alert, free of illness and accidents, is an impressive sporting and organisational undertaking. It represents the triumph of those early 20th century time-and-motion studies that revolutionised offices and factories, or at least made them for more reliable, more repeatable – more boring, the most anti-sporting quality of all. But boredom itself can be admirable, for a handful of stages every three weeks. Groupama-FDJ and Arnaud Démare have achieved it by bringing an entire team devoted solely to the service of the most in-form sprinter here.