Team Sky’s general classification contenders emerged from a tricky opening test at Paris-Nice, finishing in a select lead group.
With the cold you never know how the legs are, especially with a punchy finish like this.
He told TeamSky.com: "With the cold you never know how the legs are, especially with a punchy finish like this.
"The feeling was okay so I was happy with that. We lost two seconds but in a sprint like that it's always difficult to be at the front.
"The race was quite stressful - especially with the wet conditions. Everyone feels more awkward, and more keen to be at the front and not to crash.
"I think the team did well and we're looking good for the next few days."
1. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) 3:07:39