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Giro d’Italia Criterium 2021 – Dubai

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 1-26-00
2. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos Grenadiers, at same time
3. Marc Hirschi (Sui) UAE Team Emirates, at five seconds
4. Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra), Ag2r Citroën, at same time
5. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis, at 12s
6. Grega Bole (Slo)
7. Filippo Fiorelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
8. Leonardo Marchiori (Ita) Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec
9. Yousis Mirza (UAE) UAE Team Emirates
10. Mattia Bevilacqua (Ita) Vini Zabù, all at same time

Peter Sagan claimed victory in the first-ever Giro d’Italia Criterium, with Egan Bernal finishing second.


Photo by Plomi

The Slovakian crossed the line first in the exhibition event in Dubai, following a two-up sprint with Ineos Grenadiers‘ Egan Bernal.
Behind them came Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) in third ahead of Ag2r Citroën’s Geoffrey Bouchard.
Seven seconds later, Elia Viviani led the bunch home ahead of Grega Bole.

The criterium race, which also featured Bernal’s Ineos team-mate Filippo Ganna, consisted of 30 laps of a 2.1km circuit, and took place as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo ever hosted in the specified Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, where the ‘Made in Italy’ campaign has been created to showcase Italian excellence.

While this was Bernal’s first time in Dubai, the Colombian saying he was looking forward to once again wearing the maglia rosa he won in Italy in May earlier this year, Peter Sagan returned to the country having competed in the first-ever Abu Dhabi Tour, with this outing in the Middle East one of his last in a Bora-Hansgrohe jersey before his switch to Total Energies in the new year.

„This was a very special race, it is incredible to be here and have the opportunity to ride the Giro d’Italia Criterium at Expo 2020 Dubai. I am very happy I could take the win in this unique place,“ Sagan said afterwards. „I want to thank my teammates that kept the race under control. In the first part of the Criterium, I tried to be in the front and contest the sprints to win the Points Classification but I soon realised Elia Viviani was faster than me today. I decided to change my tactic. I tried to recover for 10-15 laps, it was a very fast race. Then in the last few laps Bernal, Hirschi and Bouchard attacked and I decided to follow them – it was the right move. After Bernal attacked again, I managed to stay with him and beat him on the line. I am very happy with this success!“
In other end-of-season criterium news, the Tour de France’s Saitama Criterium in Japan has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19, the exhibition event showcasing the summer race’s top talents in east Asia.
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Giro del Veneto -169km

1 MEURISSE Xandro BEL ALPECIN-FENIX 03:54:11
2 TRENTIN Matteo ITA UAE-TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
3 DAINESE Alberto ITA ITALY 00:00
4 CONSONNI Simone ITA COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS 00:00
5 COVI Alessandro ITA UAE-TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
6 ALBANESE Vincenzo ITA EOLO-KOMETA 00:00
7 RESTREPO Jhonatan COL ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:00
8 PASQUALON Andrea ITA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:00
9 VELASCO Simone ITA GAZPROM – RUSVELO 00:00
10 ORRICO Davide ITA VINI ZABÙ 00:00
11 CARBONI Giovanni ITA BARDIANI-CSF-FAIZANÈ 00:00
12 CHIRICO Luca ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:00
13 SBARAGLI Kristian ITA ALPECIN-FENIX 00:00
14 GABBURO Davide ITA BARDIANI-CSF-FAIZANÈ 00:00
15 TIZZA Marco ITA AMORE & VITA – PRODIR 00:00

Coppa Agostoni 180km

1 LUTSENKO Alexey KAZ ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 04:19:44
2 TRENTIN Matteo ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
3 COVI Alessandro ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:12
4 VELASCO Simone ITA GAZPROM-RUSVELO 00:12
5 ALBANESE Vincenzo ITA EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 00:12
6 SBARAGLI Kristian ITA ALPECIN-FENIX 00:12
7 ROTA Lorenzo ITA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:12
8 TULETT Ben GBR ALPECIN-FENIX 00:12
9 VALVERDE Alejandro ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 00:12
10 BAIS Mattia ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:12
11 GAROSIO Andrea ITA BARDIANI CSF FAIZANE‘ 00:12
12 EIKING Odd Christian NOR INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:12
13 RAVANELLI Simone ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:12
14 HERMANS Ben BEL ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:12
15 ROCHAS Rémy FRA COFIDIS 00:12

Paris – Tours 2021 plus U23

U23 177km:

1 HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 03:57:32
2 VAN UDEN Casper NED DEVELOPMENT TEAM DSM 00:28
3 VAN DEN BERG Marijn NED GROUPAMA-FDJ CONTI 00:28
4 PARET-PEINTRE Valentin FRA AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM 00:28
5 COSTIOU Ewen FRA CÔTES D’ARMOR-MARIE MORIN 00:28
6 JOHANSEN Julius DEN UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:28
7 DAUPHIN Florian FRA V.C.PAYS DE LOUDÉAC 00:28
8 VAN VEENENDAAL Hidde NED JUMBO-VISMA DT 00:28
9 DE LIE Arnaud BEL LOTTO SOUDAL U23 00:28
10 DE MEESTER Luca BEL EFC – L&R – VULSTEKE 00:28
11 BERCKMOES Jenno BEL HOME SOLUTION-SOENENS 00:28
12 URIANSTAD Martin NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:28
13 KNOLLE Jon GER GERMANY 00:28
14 LECLAINCHE Gwen FRA C.C.ETUPES 00:28
15 JEGAT Jordan FRA TEAM UC NANTES – ATLANTIQUE 00:28

ELITE 212km:

1 DEMARE Arnaud FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 04:33:07
2 BONNAMOUR Franck FRA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 00:00
3 STUYVEN Jasper BEL TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:00
4 DEWULF Stan BEL AG2R CITROËN TEAM 00:03
5 VAN POPPEL Danny NED INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:40
6 COQUARD Bryan FRA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 00:40
7 MARIT Arne BEL SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 00:40
8 PASQUALON Andrea ITA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:40
9 TRARIEUX Julien FRA DELKO 00:40
10 CAPIOT Amaury BEL TEAM ARKÉA SAMSIC 00:40
11 VAN HOECKE Gijs BEL AG2R CITROËN TEAM 00:40
12 PHILIPSEN Jasper BEL ALPECIN-FENIX 00:40
13 LEROUX Samuel FRA XELLISS – ROUBAIX LILLE MÉTROPOLE 00:40
14 TABELLION Valentin FRA XELLISS – ROUBAIX LILLE MÉTROPOLE 00:40
15 ALLEGAERT Piet BEL COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS 00:40

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) won a thrilling 115th edition of Paris-Tours on Sunday ahead of Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo). The pace was relentless from the start, with a hard battle through the wind, and the attackers lit fireworks on the vineyard trails leading to Tours. Among them, Bonnamour was still alone in the front with San Dewulf as they entered the last kilometre… But Démare, after a strong attack on the final climb of the day, produced a massive effort to bridge the gap and dominate the four-man sprint. He is the first French winner of Paris-Tours since 2006, when Frédéric Guesdon claimed victory. Today, Guesdon was in perfect position to enjoy Démare’s win, as a sports director for Groupama-FDJ.

The 152-man peloton roll from Chartres just before noon. With winds blowing from the North-East and riders battling for the early breakaway, it’s a very fast start.
Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma) attacks in the first kilometre. He is quickly joined by Julien Duval (AG2R-Citroën Team) but they can’t open much of a gap as the battle is ongoing.
After 15km, Rune Herregodts (Sport-Vlaanderen-Baloise), winner of Paris-Tours Espoirs in 2020, bridges the gap to the early attackers. The break eventually gets away, with a lead of 2’30’’ at km 18.

Hard battles in the wind
Groupama-FDJ put the hammer down through the wind and the peloton splits in several parts. Calm returns at km 30 and the gap hits a maximum of 7’30’’ after a very fast first hour of racing (47.1km covered by the attackers).
Several teams (Team DSM, Alpecin-Fenix, Team TotalEnergies, St Michel – Auber 93…) work together to control the breakaway. The gap is down to 3’30’’ when a new acceleration in the bunch turns the race upside down into the last 100km.
Only 34 riders remain in the first bunch, including the three former winners participating in this edition: Casper Pedersen and Soren Kragh Andersen for Team DSM, as well as AG2R Citroën’s Greg Van Avermaet. With such a battle through the wind, the breakaway is reeled in at km 124.

Fireworks in the vineyards
The 37 leaders hit the first vineyard track (51km to go) with a 30’’ gap to their chasers. Arkéa-Samsic try to make the most of their numbers at the front with a series of attacks. But Connor Swift suffers a puncture with 43km, after he had managed to launch a new breakaway.
Stan Dewulf (AG2R Citroën Team), Frederik Frison (Lotto Soudal) and Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p/b KTM) remain at the front. Riders previously dropped get back together and Jasper Stuyven’s Trek-Segafredo try to control.


Photo by Plomi

Impressive Démare
Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) attacks again and again until a group of six chasers get away with 16km to go. Among them, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) drop their rivals on the final climb of the day, the côte de Rochecorbon.
With 10km to go to Tours, without any vineyard track left ahead, they’re only 8’’ behind the leading duo. They held on… until Arnaud Démare produced a strong effort inside the last kilometre. Bonnamour and Dewulf were eventually caught with 350m to go. And Démare still had enough energy to sprint to victory.

Lombardei – Rundfahrt 239km

1 POGAČAR Tadej SLO UAE TEAM EMIRATES 06:01:39
2 MASNADA Fausto ITA DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:00
3 YATES Adam GBR INEOS GRENADIERS 00:51
4 ROGLIČ Primož SLO JUMBO-VISMA 00:51
5 VALVERDE Alejandro ESP MOVISTAR TEAM 00:51
6 ALAPHILIPPE Julian FRA DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:51
7 GAUDU David FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:51
8 BARDET Romain FRA TEAM DSM 00:51
9 WOODS Michael CAN ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:51
10 HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres COL EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 02:25
11 QUINTANA Nairo COL TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC 02:25
12 VALTER Attila HUN GROUPAMA – FDJ 02:25
13 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 02:25
14 VINGEGAARD Jonas DEN JUMBO-VISMA 02:25
15 FORTUNATO Lorenzo ITA EOLO-KOMETA CYCLING TEAM 02:25

BORA-hansgrohe bei der Lombardei-Rundfahrt nicht im Spitzenfeld

Das letzte Monument des Jahres, die 239 km lange Lombardei-Rundfahrt zwischen Como und Bergamo stand heute an. Der in der Vergangenheit oftmals entscheidende Anstieg zur Madonna del Ghisallo war in diesem Jahr der erste der sieben Anstiege des Tages. Vor dem Ziel stellte sich den Fahrern noch eine kurze jedoch steile Rampe in den Weg, ehe es dann in der Abfahrt in die Altstadt von Bergamo ging. Mit vielen Kletterprüfungen und rund 4500 Höhenmetern war dies ein sehr schweres Rennen. Nachdem sich eine Ausreißergruppe absetzen konnte blieb die Rennsituation für lange Zeit stabil bis die verbleibenden Spitzenreiter rund 55 km vor dem Ziel gestellt waren. Im letzten Anstieg zerfiel das reduzierte Feld mit Felix Großschartner und es kam zu mehreren Attacken aus der Gruppe der Favoriten. Felix musste zu diesem Zeitpunkt leider abreißen lassen, während sich an der Spitze T. Pogacar absetzen konnte. In der letzten Abfahrt schloss F. Masnada zu Pogacar auf, und als der Slowene auf der Zielgeraden seinen Sprint anzog, konnte sein Kontrahent aber nicht mehr gegenhalten und feierte seinen Sieg in Bergamo.

Reaktionen im Ziel
„Es war ein hartes Rennen von Anfang an, ganz so wie wir es erwartet haben. Wir haben schon gehofft, dass wir noch mal vorne mitfahren könnten und das wäre ein schöner Abschluss gewesen, aber die anderen waren heute einfach besser. Am Ende ging uns die Energie aus. Aber man muss das akzeptieren. Ich freue mich jetzt auf die Pause und hoffe, dass ich nächstes Jahr wieder in guter Form zurückkehre.“ – Felix Großschartner
„Natürlich war das Ergebnis nicht das, was wir uns erhofft haben. Wir hatten schon gedacht, dass wir mit Matteo, Patrick und Felix um eine vordere Platzierung mitkämpfen können. Aber man hat dann doch am letzten Anstieg gesehen, dass keiner von den dreien die Beine hatte vorne mitzufahren. Die Saison war lang und wir haben auch eine schwere Saison gehabt, aber jetzt werden sich die Fahrer erholen und nächstes Jahr können sie es hoffentlich besser machen.“ – Enrico Poitschke, Sportlicher Leiter

PARIS-TOURS 2021: INFO WITH ONE DAY TO GO

Key points:
 The 115th edition of Paris-Tours, which will start from Chartres on Sunday morning, follows the same route as last year, with a 212.3 km course including nine vineyard trails in the last 51 km.
 A nice field of sprinters (Philipsen, Démare, Groenewegen), heroes of the recent Paris-Roubaix (Vermeersch, Laporte, Turgis) and three former winners are at the rendezvous of the last classic of the year.
 Defending champion Casper Pedersen promises to be “on the attack” with a strong DSM squad also featuring 2018 winner Soren Kragh Andersen.

A WINDY THRILLER
Paris-Tours is always a thriller of a race, and the 115th edition of the classic should be no exception with a cohort of classics experts (Stuyven, Laporte, Turgis…) to try and upset a strong field of sprinters (Philipsen, Démare, Groenewegen…). “We’ve found our formula and we’re repeating last year’s route, with seven climbs and nine vineyard trails in the last 50km”, race director Cédric Coutouly explains. “The trails are preceded by climbs, so the legs do the positioning. It’s hard for the teams to work well together so a lone rider doesn’t lose much time against the peloton. It will be nice weather, and the wind will blow from the North-East. So there could be a risk of echelons, but it’s coming mostly from behind so we should have a very fast start, and then, once on the trails, the wind direction will change a lot so it will be a factor.” With all these elements, “the riders who were at the front towards Roubaix should also be up there on Sunday”, Coutouly foresees. Among them, the young and talentful Florian Vermeersch (Lotto Soudal) is looking for a maiden professional victory…

PEDERSEN : ”WE WILL BE ON THE ATTACK”
Three former winners will be at the start. Among them, AG2R-Citroën Team’s Greg Van Avermaet (winner in 2011) is a veteran of Paris-Tours, with 10 participations under his belt, but he hasn’t come since 2016 and thus doesn’t know the new format with vineyard trails. The other two former winners ride with Team DSM, with the Dane Soren Kragh Andersen (2018) and his compatriot Casper Pedersen, the defending champion, who rose to victory after Kragh Andersen suffered a crash. “We have several cards to play”, Pedersen says in 2021 as well. “I think our team is stronger than last year. We will be on the attack with classics experts such as Soren Kragh Andersen and Nils Eekhoff. And if it ends up with a sprint, we’ll ride for Cees Bol. Looking at the start-list, it may be harder this year. It will be interesting to see if sprint teams will be able to control and if sprinters can follow attacks on the climbs.”

LAPORTE: “AN ATTRACTIVE RACE”
Sixth in Paris-Roubaix and back in action this Sunday, Christophe Laporte says he took longer than usual to recover from Hell of the North and the toll it took on everyone with dire conditions. “But I’m in a good shape, I feel ready and motivated for Sunday. It’s hard to stay motivated at the end of the season, but Paris-Tours is an attractive race, it is one of the biggest in France.“ His 7th participation in the Classic of the Falling Leaves, his first in three years, will have a very special flavor. „I will really give the maximum for my last race in the Cofidis jersey“, Laporte promises as he’s set to leave the French team to join Jumbo-Visma, who come to Paris-Tours with the sprinter Dylan Groenewegen and the recent winner of the Ronde de l’Isard, Gijs Leemreize. “I expect an open race in the finale, and that’s what I like. If I feel good, I won’t wait for a sprint.”

YOUNGSTERS GET THE ACTION ROLLING
Before the pros, the famous Avenue de Grammont will be surveyed by cadets and juniors (men and women) participating in the Kilomètre de Paris-Tours, then by riders in the Under 23 category. Paris-Tours Espoirs, celebrating its 78th edition, has always revealed the talents of tomorrow. Three of the top four in last year’s edition are competing in the elite event this Sunday: Rune Herregodts (1st), Jordi Meeus (2nd) and Jason Tesson (4th). The 3rd, Florian Dauphin (VCP Loudéac), is again at the start of the U23 race, five days after a solid ride among the pros in Binche-Chimay-Binche (20th). His French compatriot Louis Barré (4th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoirs), the Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold (winner of two stages of the Tour de l’Avenir) and the Belgian Arnaud De Lie (winner Friday of the 2nd stage of the Circuit des Ardennes) count among the main favorites who will try to succeed Thor Hushovd, Tom Boonen, Tony Gallopin and Mike Teunissen on the Paris-Tours Espoirs winners list. The race will start from Bonneval and follow the last 177 kilometers of the professional race.

ALL EYES AND CAMERAS ON PARIS-TOURS
The 115th edition of Paris-Tours enjoys increased coverage with 25 broadcasters making the race available for the fans in 190 territories. The last 1h50 of action will be broadcasted live. Highlights are also available through news agencies and dedicated cycling media, as well as on the official website of the race and on its social media. The first images of the day will be broadcasted on Facebook and Twitter with the team presentation (from 10 AM) and the first pedal strokes as the peloton rolls from Chartres (11:40).

Paris – Bourges – 198 Km

1 MEEUS Jordi BEL BORA-HANSGROHE 04:20:58
2 DÉMARE Arnaud FRA GROUPAMA-FDJ 00:00
3 BONIFAZIO Niccolo ITA TEAM TOTALENERGIES 00:00
4 ALLEGAERT Piet BEL COFIDIS 00:00
5 COQUARD Bryan FRA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 00:00
6 MCLAY Daniel GBR TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
7 VAN POPPEL Danny NED INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 00:00
8 TESSON Jason FRA ST MICHEL-AUBER 93 00:00
9 MENTEN Milan BEL BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 00:00
10 JENSEN August NOR DELKO 00:00
11 RICKAERT Jonas BEL ALPECIN-FENIX 00:00
12 MARIT Arne BEL SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 00:00
13 RUSSO Clément FRA TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
14 LEROUX Samuel FRA XELLISS-ROUBAIX LILLE MÉTROPOLE 00:00
15 FUENTES Angel ESP BURGOS-BH 00:00

Saisonsieg Nummer 30 für BORA – hansgrohe: Jordi Meeus gewinnt Paris-Bourges

Nachdem eine 5-Mann-Gruppe die erste Hälfte des Rennens bestimmt hatte, erhöhte man im Feld heute früh das Tempo und die Gruppe wurde etwa 40 Kilometer vor dem Ziel gestellt. Danach versuchten immer wieder Fahrer dem Feld zu entwischen und das Tempo blieb hoch bis zum Finale. Dort lieferte BORA – hansgrohe Jordi Meeus zum richtigen Zeitpunkt in perfekter Position ab. Jordi eröffnete seinen Sprint vom Hinterrad von A. Demare rund 150 m vor dem Ziel und holte am Ende einen souveränen Sieg.

Von der Ziellinie
„Es war ein sehr schnelles Rennen, besonders im Finale mit den ganzen Attacken. Wir haben uns heute voll auf den Sprint konzentriert und am Ende waren wir vorne, als es darauf ankam. Ich war in der letzten Kurve am Hinterrad von Demare und auf der Zielgeraden war die Reihe lang gezogen, es war also ein organisierter Sprint ohne Chaos. Als Demare anzog, hatte ich freie Fahrt und habe bei 150 m von seinem Hinterrad aus angetreten. Der Moment war perfekt und dieser Sieg ist ein besonderer Moment für das gesamte Team. Wir werden diesen Abend gemeinsam genießen.“ – Jordi Meeus

„Wir haben uns heute nur auf den Sprint konzentriert und wollten am Beginn nur große Gruppen abdecken. Ich kenne das Finale ja sehr gut, denn ich war auch schon bei den Siegen von Sam Bennett damals dabei. Von da her hatten wir einen genauen Plan, wann Jordi wo zu sein hatte. Wir hatten zwar kein Lead-out am Schluss, aber Bodi und Patrick haben ihn vor der Ortseinfahrt perfekt abgeliefert. Von dort weg musste man in Position sein. Das hat Jordi heute perfekt gemacht und am Ende souverän gewonnen. Er war in letzter Zeit oft am Podium, dieser Sieg ist absolut verdient.“ – Steffen Radochla, sportlicher Leiter

Gran Piemonte – 168 Km

1 WALLS Matthew GBR BORA-HANSGROHE 03:34:47
2 NIZZOLO Giacomo ITA TEAM QHUBEKA NEXTHASH 00:00
3 KOOIJ Olav NED JUMBO-VISMA 00:00
4 TRENTIN Matteo ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00
5 GIRMAY Biniam ERI INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 00:00
6 MARECZKO Jakub ITA VINI ZABÙ 00:00
7 MINALI Riccardo ITA INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 00:00
8 DE KLEIJN Arvid NED RALLY CYCLING 00:00
9 CAPIOT Amaury BEL TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
10 OLDANI Stefano ITA LOTTO SOUDAL 00:00
11 HAYTER Ethan GBR INEOS GRENADIERS 00:00
12 CONSONNI Simone ITA COFIDIS 00:00
13 MOSCHETTI Matteo ITA TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
14 ARANBURU Alex ESP ASTANA-PREMIER TECH 00:00
15 RICHEZE Maximiliano ARG UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:00

Matt Walls triumphiert bei Gran Piemonte

Der italienische Herbstklassiker, Gran Piemonte, kehrte mit einer anderen Strecke als im letzten Jahr zurück. Die 168 km von Rocca Canavese nach Borgosesia wiesen keine besonderen Schwierigkeiten auf und begünstigten die schnellen Männer, sodass es am Ende zu einem Sprint kam. Schon früh versuchte eine kleine Ausreißergruppe ihr Glück in der Flucht, aber das Feld hielt sie an der kurzen Leine und ihre Bemühungen blieben am Ende unbelohnt. Auf den letzten Kilometern gelang es BORA – hansgrohe Matt Walls in eine gute Ausgangsposition für den Sprint zu bringen. Auf der Zielgerade klemmte sich der Brite geschickt an das Hinterrad von M. Trentin und konnte letztlich noch kurz vor der Ziellinie an seinen Konkurrenten vorbeiziehen und seinen zweiten Saisonsieg einfahren.

Reaktionen im Ziel
„Wir wussten, dass es eine gute Chance gab, dass das Rennen in einem Sprint enden würde. Die Jungs haben mich den ganzen Tag sehr gut unterstützt und mich in eine gute Ausgangsposition fürs Finale gebracht. Ich hatte dann auch noch gute Beine, um den Sieg einzufahren. Es war tückisch nach dem letzten Kreisel, denn jeder versuchte sich gut zu positionieren. Ich konnte mich an einige Hinterräder klemmen und so gut durch die Kurven kommen und war damit dann in einer guten Ausgangslage für den Sprint. Dieser Sieg erhöht mein Selbstvertrauen und zeigt, dass ich nicht nur im Bahnradsport Ergebnisse erzielen kann, sondern auch auf der Straße.“ – Matt Walls
„Wir hatten heute kein richtiges Lead-Out, weil Patrick Konrad nicht am Start war und auch weil Ben Zwiehoff krankheitsbedingt ausfallen musste. Wir waren also nur zu fünft. Die anderen vier Jungs haben einen super Job gemacht und Matthew gut am Ende abgeliefert. Matt hat dank seiner Bahn-Skills eine gute Position gefunden. Er ist im Feld richtig von Rad zu Rad gesurft und hat sich dann ans Rad von Trentin gehängt, der eigentlich ein super Lead-Out für uns gefahren ist. Matt hatte dann einfach noch gute Beine gehabt, um noch mal richtig einen draufzusetzen und einen schönen Sprint zu fahren. In einem Feld von richtig guten Fahrern war dies ein erstklassiger Sieg für ihn.“ – Jens Zemke, Sportlicher Leiter

Paris-Tours 2021 – The heroes are ready for more

Key points:

 The 115th edition of Paris-Tours, which starts on Sunday morning in Chartres at 11.40 am, will be contested on a 212.3 km course, including nine vineyard paths in the last 50 km, for a total of 9.5 km.
 Among the contenders for the title, former winners like Casper Pedersen, Soren Kragh Andersen, and Greg Van Avermaet will have to contend with one of the heroes of Paris-Roubaix, Florian Vermeersch (2nd), who showed what he is capable of in his first participation.

They want more. Less than a week after a historic edition of Paris-Roubaix moved to the autumn for the first time, the classics season ends this weekend with Paris-Tours and presents itself in this unprecedented calendar as an ideal opportunity for redemption and revenge. After the Flemish cobbles of the World Championships and the slippery cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, it is on the vineyard trails that have been part of the programme of the classic for the past three years that the champions will battle it out. And they are not just any champions! Florian Vermeersch excelled in Leuven, finishing on the U23 time-trial podium before he rode another stellar race on the cobbled sectors and then at the Roubaix velodrome, where he came close to becoming the youngest winner of the modern era (2nd). Hungry for more, the 22-year-old could get his first professional victory before the end of this season. To do that, he will have to surprise or dominate some of last Sunday’s standouts, which include Christophe Laporte (6th), Tom Van Asbroeck (8th), Anthony Turgis (13th), Sep Vanmarcke (23rd), Jasper Stuyven (25th and winner of this year’s Milan-San Remo). Or some big names who didn’t do well, like Arnaud Démare and Stefan Küng with Groupama-FDJ and Greg Van Avermaet in the AG2R-Citroën Team jersey, who is a former Paris-Tours and Paris-Roubaix winner!

Two riders who have been able to exploit the vineyard roads, the defending race winner, Casper Pedersen from Denmark and his compatriot-teammate Soren Kragh Andersen, will also be among the favourites for the win. There are also serious candidates who did not take part in this year’s edition of Paris-Roubaix. That is the case for Valentin Madouas, who was in good form in the Classic Loire Atlantique (2nd) after participating in the conquest of Julian Alaphilippe’s rainbow jersey and sprinters Pascal Ackermann, Nacer Bouhanni, Danny van Poppel (winner of Binche-Chimay-Binche) and Bryan Coquard.

Paris-Tours Espoirs: riders to watch

In its current form as a classic for the under 23s, Paris-Tours Espoirs is celebrating its 25th anniversary. And among the riders who have followed Franck Perque on the list of winners are world champions, namely Thor Hushovd (1998 winner) and Tom Boonen (2000); Tour de France stage winners like Samuel Dumoulin (2001), Tony Gallopin (2008), Mike Teunissen (2014) and Jasper Philipsen (2017); and a Paris-Tours elite winner, Jelle Wallays (2010). No one knows how successful the contenders for this 79th edition will be in a few years, but some already have impressive credentials. British rider Askey Lewis, who finished 5th in this year’s World Championships, is already a favourite, as is Danish rider Johan Price-Petjersen, who last month won the World and European time trial championships. Outsiders like Louis Barré, 4th on Liège-Bastogne-Liège Espoirs and 7th in the European championships, or Valentin Retailleau, who won a stage in the recent Tour de Bretagne, will also be watched closely.

Main contenders (as of 06/10):

Belgium
Lotto-Soudal: Vermeersch (Bel), Sweeny (Aus)
Alpecin-Fenix: Philipsen (Bel),
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux: D.Van Poppel, Van der Hoorn (Ned)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Herregodts (Bel)
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB: Dupont (Bel)

France
AG2R Citroën Team: Van Avermaet (Bel), Jungels (Lux)
Groupama-FDJ: Démare, Madouas (Fra), Küng (Swi)
Cofidis : Laporte (Fra), Drucker (Lux)
TotalEnergies: Turgis, Petit (Fra), Terpstra (Ned)
Team Arkea-Samsic: Bouhanni, Riou (Fra), Swift (Gbr)
B&B Hotels p/b KTM: Bonnamour, Coquard, Lemoine (Fra)
Delko : Siskevicius (Lit)
St Michel-Auber 93: Tesson (Fra)
Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole: Vermeulen, Levasseur (Fra)

Germany
Bora-Hansgrohe: Ackermann (Ger)
Team DSM: Kragh Andersen, C.Pedersen (Dan), Bol (Ned)

Israel
Israel Start-Up Nation: Vanmarcke, Van Asbroeck (Bel), Hofstetter (Fra)

Norway
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: Tiller (Nor)

The Netherlands
Jumbo-Visma: Teunissen, Groenewegen (Ned)

Spain
Equipo Kern Pharma: Berrade, Galvan Fernandez (Esp)
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Bizkarra (Esp)

United States
Trek-Segafredo: Stuyven, Theuns (Bel)

Tre Valli Varesine (Women and Men)

Women 92km:

1 SIERRA Arlenis CUB A.R.MONEX WOMEN’S PRO CYCL 02:27:14
2 GARCÍA Mavi ESP ALE BTC LJUBLJANA 00:00
3 NEYLAN Rachel AUS PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG 00:00
4 MALCOTTI Barbara ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 00:27
5 MAGRI Silvia ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 01:00
6 BUYSMAN Nina NED PARKHOTEL VALKENBURG 01:00
7 GASPARRINI Eleonora Camilla ITA VALCAR – TRAVEL & SERVICE 01:00
8 SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria ITA A.R.MONEX WOMEN’S PRO CYCL 01:00
9 LELEIVYTĖ Rasa LTU AROMITALIA BASSO BIKES VAIAN 01:00
10 RAGUSA Katia ITA A.R.MONEX WOMEN’S PRO CYCL 01:00


Photo by Plomi

ELITE Men 199km:

1 DE MARCHI Alessandro ITA ISRAEL START-UP NATION 04:47:04
2 FORMOLO Davide ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:38
3 POGA?AR Tadej SLO UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:38
4 COSNEFROY Benoit FRA AG2R CITROEN TEAM 00:38
5 KRON Andreas DEN LOTTO SOUDAL 00:38
6 HIGUITA GARCIA Sergio Andres COL EF EDUCATION – NIPPO 00:38
7 ROTA Lorenzo ITA INTERMARCHÉ – WANTY – GOBERT MATÉRIAUX 00:38
8 GAUDU David FRA GROUPAMA – FDJ 00:38
9 COVI Alessandro ITA UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:38
10 PARET PEINTRE Aurélien FRA AG2R CITROEN TEAM 00:38
11 OLIVEIRA Nelson POR MOVISTAR TEAM 00:38
12 MARTIN Guillaume FRA COFIDIS 00:42
13 HIRSCHI Marc SUI UAE TEAM EMIRATES 00:49
14 LUTSENKO Alexey KAZ ASTANA – PREMIER TECH 00:49
15 BERTHET Clément FRA AG2R CITROEN TEAM 00:49
16 RESTREPO VALENCIA Jhonatan COL ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:49
17 NIBALI Vincenzo ITA TREK – SEGAFREDO 00:49
18 LATOUR Pierre FRA TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE 00:49
19 RAVANELLI Simone ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 00:49
20 BAIS. Mattia ITA ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC 01:30

Binche – Chimay – Binche – BEL (Women and Men)

Women 117km:

1 VAN DE VEL Sara BEL TEAM RUPELCLEANING 02:56:57
2 ADEGEEST Loes NED VAN ARCKEL RESTORE 00:16
3 STEIGENGA Nicole NED DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK – PROXIMUS CT 00:16
4 SCHWEINBERGER Christina AUT DOLTCINI – VAN EYCK – PROXIMUS CT 00:16
5 BRAAM Danique NED LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES 00:16
6 COLBORNE Henrietta GBR GT KRUSH TUNAP 00:16
7 ROOIJEN Anne van NED WV SCHIJNDEL 00:16
8 TON Quinty NED GT KRUSH TUNAP 00:16 –
9 GROOT Marieke de NED ISOREX NO AQUA LCT 00:20
10 BEX Nathalie BEL BINGOAL CASINO – CHEVALMEIRE CYCLING TEAM 00:20
11 VANDENBULCKE Jesse BEL LOTTO SOUDAL LADIES 00:20
12 GOGH Natalie van NED BINGOAL CASINO – CHEVALMEIRE CYCLING TEAM 00:20
13 VANDENBROUCKE Saartje BEL S-BIKES BOHDI CYCLING 00:20
14 GUCHTE Quinty van de NED KEUKENS REDANT CYCLING TEAM 00:24
15 GOOSSENS Marthe NED DE SPRINTERS MALDEREN 00:24

ELITE Men 199km:

1 VAN POPPEL Danny NED INTERMARCHE – WANTY – GOBERT MATERIAUX 04:44:45
2 TILLER Rasmus NOR UNO – X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:03
3 TAMINIAUX Lionel BEL ALPECIN-FENIX 00:05
4 HOFSTETTER Hugo FRA ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:07
5 DEWULF Stan BEL AG2R CITROEN TEAM 00:07
6 NOPPE Christophe BEL TEAMARKEA-SAMSIC 00:07
7 MENTEN Milan BEL BINGOAL PAUWELS SAUCES WB 00:07
8 HOOLE Daan NED TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:07
9 GROENEWEGEN Dylan NED JUMBO-VISMA 00:07
10 PASQUALON Andrea ITA INTERMARCHE – WANTY – GOBERT MATERIAUX 00:07
11 STOKKE Vegard NOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM DSM 00:07
12 MOZZATO Luca ITA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 00:07
13 VAHTRA Norman EST ISRAEL START-UP NATION 00:07
14 VAN HOECKE Gijs BEL AG2R CITROEN TEAM 00:07
15 CAVENDISH Mark GBR DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:07
16 RIOU Alan FRA TEAMARKEA-SAMSIC 00:07
17 STEIMLE Jannik GER DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP 00:13
18 REYNDERS Jens BEL SPORT VLAANDEREN – BALOISE 00:13
19 FOUCHE James NZL BLACK SPOKE PRO CYCLING 00:13
20 DAUPHIN Florian FRA B&B HOTELS P/B KTM 00:13