Schlagwort-Archive: Paris-Tours

Paris – Tours Elite – 214 Km

1 DÉMARE Arnaud FRA GROUPAMA-FDJ 04:53:01
2 THEUNS Edward BEL TREK-SEGAFREDO 00:00
3 BENNETT Sam IRL BORA-HANSGROHE 00:00
4 CONSONNI Simone ITA COFIDIS 00:00
5 MOZZATO Luca ITA B&B HOTELS-KTM 00:00
6 VAN GESTEL Dries BEL TOTALENERGIES 00:00
7 DUJARDIN Sandy FRA TOTALENERGIES 00:00
8 LOUVEL Matis FRA TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
9 CAPIOT Amaury BEL TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
10 HOFSTETTER Hugo FRA TEAM ARKÉA-SAMSIC 00:00
11 PASQUALON Andrea ITA INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT 00:00
12 KOOIJ Olav NED JUMBO-VISMA 00:00
13 TILLER Rasmus NOR UNO-X PRO CYCLING TEAM 00:00
14 VERMEULEN Emiel BEL GO SPORT-ROUBAIX LILLE MÉTROPOLE 00:00
15 JARNET Maxime FRA GO SPORT-ROUBAIX LILLE MÉTROPOLE 00:00
16 GUÉGAN Maël FRA TEAM U NANTES ATLANTIQUE 00:00
17 VENTURINI Clément FRA AG2R CITROËN TEAM 00:00
18 VERMEERSCH Florian BEL LOTTO SOUDAL 00:00
19 DE BONDT Dries BEL ALPECIN-DECEUNINCK 00:00
20 MAAS Jan NED TEAM BIKEEXCHANGE-JAYCO 00:00


Photo by Plomi

Paris-Tours: Sam Bennett wird beim letzten Rennen der Saison starker Dritter

Der letzte Startschuss der Saison fiel für BORA – hansgrohe heute beim Herbstklassiker Paris-Tours in Frankreich. 213,5km zwischen Chartres im Südwesten der französischen Hauptstadt und Tours standen im Roadbook dieses finalen Renntages. Mit insgesamt zehn Sektoren auf Schotter und acht anspruchsvollen Rampen lagen die Hauptschwierigkeiten des Tages innerhalb der letzten 70km. Eine frühe, fünfköpfige Ausreißergruppe konnte Zwischenzeitlich über sechs Minuten Vorsprung herausfahren. 60km vor dem Ziel, am ersten Schotter-Sektor, konnte sich Sam Bennett zusammen mit K. Heiduk vom Peloton absetzen und die Verfolgung der Spitzengruppe aufnehmen. Während Bennett nach einer enorm starken Vorstellung zehn Kilometer vor dem Ziel vom Peloton gestellt wurde, erfolgte der finale Zusammenschluss mit den verbliebenen Ausreißern erst auf dem letzten Kilometer. Im Sprint des deutlich reduzierten Feldes sicherte sich Sam Bennett als Dritter zum Saisonabschluss noch ein Podium. Der Sieg ging heute an A. Démare.

„Ich habe am Beginn des ersten Schotter-Sektors die Möglichkeit zur Flucht gesehen und glücklicherweise schnell eine starke Gruppe gefunden. So schafften wir es ohne größere Fights, ohne kräftezehrende Antritte und mit einer konstanten Geschwindigkeit durch die anspruchsvollen Schotter-Abschnitte. Entscheidend war auch, dass wir die wichtigen Passagen gestern gut besichtigt haben. Am Ende bin ich super zufrieden diese Saison auf einem Hoch und mit einem Podium zu beenden.“ Sam Bennett

„Wir wollten uns heute nicht auf einen Massensprint verlassen und haben deshalb schon am ersten Schotter-Sektor versucht mit Sam Bennett nach vorne zu kommen. Sam hat in der Verfolgergruppe ein richtig starkes Rennen gezeigt, während seine Teamkollegen im Feld gut aufgepasst und jede Attacke pariert haben. Klar wäre ein Sieg möglich und schön gewesen, mit einem Podium zum Saisonabschluss sind wir aber mehr als zufrieden.“ Jean-Pierre Heyderickx, Sportlicher Leiter

DÉMARE EMULATES GILBERT WITH BACK-TO-BACK VICTORY

Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) retained his crown in Tours on Sunday, outsprinting the peloton on Avenue de Grammont to score the first back-to-back double in the last classic of the season since Philippe Gilbert in 2009. The Frenchman, who perfectly managed the 10 dirt-road sections on the course, surged in the final stretch to outpower Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Exard Teuns (Trek Segafredo). Gilbert, who finished 27th, was riding the very last race of his career.

Farewell to Gilbert
160 riders started from Chartres, where an homage was paid to 2008 and 2009 winner Philippe Gilbert, who retired today. Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels), Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X) and Clement Carisey (Go Sport) attacked from the gun and had to wait for 30 km for the peloton to give them the go-ahead as the gap grew over three minutes.
Mael Guegan (Team U-Nantes Atlantique) and Romain Cardis (St Michel-Aubert 93) chased behind the leading trio and caught them at kilometre 33.
After 25 km, Benoit Cosnefroy (Ag2R-Citroen) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates were involved in a crash but were quickly back on their bikes and in the bunch. Hugo Hostetter also crashed later but was unhurt.

Philipsen and De Lie out after crashes
The lead of the five escapees increased to reach 6:45 after 90 km over a peloton led by the Groupama-FDJ and Alpecin-Deceuninck outfits. With 100 km completed, Niki Tersptra (Total Energies), who is retiring this season, and Ben Turner (Ineos Grenadiers) crashed in turn but were able to make it back in the pack. Another crash shortly before the first path involved Sebastian Langeveld, Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Easypost) and Shane Archbold (Bora-Hansgrohe). The most massive pile-up took place shortly before the first vineyard path and the most seriously hurt was Alpecin-Deceuninck leader Jasper Philipsen, who was treated on the spot by the medical service. Among the riders to call it quits after the several crashes were Brent van Moer and Arnaud de Lie (both Lotto-Soudal).

Scattered bunch
The crashes and punctures on the first gravel sections scattered the peloton and at the end of the first dirt road, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Kim Heiduk (Ineos Grenadiers) parted with the pack to chase behind the escapees. Seven other riders – Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Tim Van Dijke (Jumbo-Visma), Antoine Raugel (Ag2R-Citroen), Rui Alves Oliviera (UAE), Luca Mozzato (B&B Hotels), Clement Russo (Arkea-Samsic) and Alex Kirsch (Trek-Segafredo) – also broke to try and close the gapwith the break. With 50 km left, Bennett, Heiduk, Le Gac, Russo and Kirsch were the only five men left in the chase.

Démare makes it two
Gougeard was dropped by his four breakaway companions in the Cote de la Rochere (km 185) while Carisey punctured, leaving only Abrahamsen, Guegan and Cardis in the front with 25 km to go. The trio held their ground until Abrahamsen decided to try his luck on his own with 12 km to go. The Norwegian was reeled in by Le Gac, Heiduk and Kirsch five kilometres further down the road. The peloton waited for the red flame and Avenue de Grammont to close the gap and set up a bunch sprint. Like a year ago, Arnaud Démare was the strongest man, as he outpaced Bennett, perhaps a bit tired after his chasing efforts all day.

PARIS-TOURS 2022: DÉMARE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Key points:

 The 116th edition of Paris-Tours, which will begin in Chartres on 9 October, will mark the end of the career of two-time winner Philippe Gilbert. The former Belgian world champion is less favoured than the defending winner Arnaud Démare who is one of the leading contenders for his succession.

 Among the other favourites, the silver and bronze medallists from the last World Championships, Christophe Laporte and Michael Matthews, will have to make the difference versus candidates such as Benoit Cosnefroy, Jasper Philipsen, Matteo Trentin, and Michal Kwiatkowski. It is sure to be a pitched battle.

Before seeing if the gusts of wind will affect the peloton’s fate on the plains of Beauce, a breeze of history is already blowing over Paris-Tours when examining the entry list. Philippe Gilbert, winner of the 2008 and 2009 editions in the jerseys of Française des Jeux and Silence-Lotto, will pin on his last bib in a professional race, putting an end to an exceptional career as a chaser of classics. It seems that the specialists of the past, present and future will gather, as six former winners in total will be present at the start, in addition to the future Belgian retiree, John Degenkolb (winner 2013), Jelle Wallays (2014, 2019), Matteo Trentin (2015, 2017) and Arnaud Démare (2022). Among them, the defending champion has the highest ambitions, launched on a series of victories and top finishes since his return at the Tour of Poland in August. The Groupama-FDJ sprinter scored two top-three results before winning last year… this could be a roadmap to inspire Benoit Cosnefroy (3rd in 2018, 2nd in 2020), who has decided to continue his season and take advantage of the form that saw him win the Grand Prix de Québec.

French hopes for Paris-Tours will also ride with Christophe Laporte, who has just returned from the World Championships in Australia with a silver medal that gives him every reason to be optimistic. His speed could be decisive if he finishes in a small group. In this case, he might have to beat Michael Matthews, who accompanied him on the 3rd step of the podium in Wollongong last weekend. Depending on the selection of the vineyard paths and the climbs of the course; several top sprinters could be in with a good chance for victory, like Jasper Philipsen or his compatriot Jasper Stuyven, but also Bryan Coquard, Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani. Lastly, the characteristics of Paris-Tours in its winegrowing version offer fertile ground for long attacks from strong riders like Stefan Küng, Michal Kwiatkowski, Alberto Bettiol, Magnus Cort Nielsen or Anthony Turgis. There are many candidates for the final major win of the season.

The leading riders (as of 29/09):

Australia
Team BikeExchange-Jayco: Matthews, Groves (Aus), Craddock (Usa)

Belgium
Lotto Soudal: Gilbert, De Lie, Vermeersch (Bel)
Alpecin-Deceuninck: Philipsen (Bel)
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux: Petit, Page (Fra), Van der Hoorn (Ned)
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB: Aniolkowski (Pol), Menten (Bel)

France
AG2R Citroën Team: Cosnefroy (Fra), Dewulf (Bel)
Groupama-FDJ: Démare (Fra), Küng (Sui), Stewart (Gbr)
Cofidis: Coquard, Zingle (Fra), Wallays (Bel)
Total Energies: Turgis (Fra), Bodnar (Pol)
Team Arkea-Samsic: Louvel, Hofstetter (Fra)
B&B Hotels-KTM: Bonnamour, Koretzky (Fra), Mozzato (Ita)
St Michel-Auber 93: Tesson (Fra)
Go Sport-Roubaix Lille Métropole: Siskevicius (Lit)
Team U Nantes Atlantique: Morin, Mariault (Fra)
Nice Métropole Côte d’Azur: Delacroix (Fra)

Germany
Bora-Hansgrohe: Meeus (Bel), Laas (Est)

Great Britain
Ineos Grenadiers: Kwiatkowski (Pol), Viviani (Ita), Turner (Gbr)

Israel
Israel-Premier Tech: Nizzolo (Ita), Van Asbroeck, Vanmarcke (Bel)

Netherlands
Jumbo-Visma: Laporte (Fra), Teunissen, Kooij (Ned)
Team DSM: Degenkolb (All), Eekhoff (Ned)

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

United Arab Emirates
UAE Team Emirates: Trentin (Ita), Ackermann (All), Gaviria (Col)

United States
Trek-Segafredo: Stuyven, Theuns (Bel), Gallopin (Fra)
EF Education-Easypost: Nielsen (Den), Bettiol (Ita), Bissegger (Che)

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PARIS-TOURS 2022: AN EARLY HARVEST

Key points:

 The 116th edition of Paris-Tours, to be contested on 9 October over a total distance of 213.5 km, features a slight change of route this year, with the addition of two vineyard paths. While the length of the unpaved sections remains nearly the same (10 km vs. 9.5 km in 2021), the battle between the contenders to succeed Arnaud Démare could begin a little earlier.

 The stage will be set earlier in the day for the riders of Paris-Tours Espoirs, who will start in Bonneval on a 178.4-kilometre-long course. The under-23 riders will, like their elders, battle on the scheduled eight climbs and ten vineyard paths, with just as many opportunities to excel.

 The youngest riders, i.e. the cadets and juniors, both girls and boys, selected by 14 departmental and regional committees, will be invited to sprint on the Kilometre de Paris-Tours.
The seventh departure of Paris-Tours from Chartres also coincides with the fifth act of a classic renewed by the inclusion of vineyard paths and new climbs, offering opportunities for confident attackers.
Serious determination is required to attack, as Jelle Wallays showed in 2019 on his solo break-away 50 kilometres from the city hall of Tours. Or a powerful spring in the legs to stay in contact with the best riders through the vineyards and then emerge on the Avenue de Grammont and win as Arnaud Démare did in the autumn of 2021.

As long as they stay fit until the end of the season, all strong riders who live to race the classics are welcome to seize their chance. This year, they will have many opportunities to shake up the race. They could tack in the wind that sweeps across the plains of Beauce or after traversing Vendôme (km 97.3). The hostilities will most likely begin when the race arrives at the Limeray city limit (km 144.6), with both the first climb and a short kilometre-long vineyard path at the top. The conditions will be ideal for an early lead group to form, which will continue quickly on the road to Pocé-sur-Cisse (km 151.9), the second new addition on the course of the „Classique des Feuilles Mortes“. Numerous battles and 50 kilometres later, the remaining contenders could find themselves in a decisive confrontation on the path and/or on the côte de Rochecorbon, 10.5 km from the finish line.

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2022 PARIS-TOURS: TEAM SELECTION

The organisers of Paris-Tours Elite have chosen the teams for the 116th edition, which will take place on Sunday, October 9th.

The 24 selected teams are:

World Teams
AG2R CITROËN TEAM (FRA)
BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
Cofidis (FRA)
EF Education-EasyPost (USA)
Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
INEOS Grenadiers (GBR)
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux (BEL)
Israël-Premier Tech (ISR)
Jumbo-Visma (NED)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
Team BikeExchange-Jayco (AUS)
Team DSM (NED)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Pro Teams
Alpecin-Deceuninck (BEL)
B&B Hotels – KTM (FRA)
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB (BEL)
Team Arkea-Samsic (FRA)
TotalEnergies (FRA)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

Continentales
Go Sport – Roubaix Lille Métropole (FRA)
St Michel-Auber 93 (FRA)
Nice Métropole Côte d’Azur (FRA)
Team U Nantes Atlantique (FRA)

Moreover, the organisers have chosen as well the teams for the 80th edition of Paris-Tours Espoirs which will take place on the same day (Sunday, October 9th 2022).
The 35 selected teams are:

Clubs
AG2R Citroën U23 Team
AVC Aix-en-Provence
Bourg-en-Bresse Ain Cyclisme
Charvieu-Chavagneux Isère Cyclisme
Côtes d’Armor-Marie Morin-U
Dinan Sport Cycling
Dunkerque Grand Littoral
CC Etupes Le Doubs Pays de Montbéliard
GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31
Laval Cyclisme 53
Océane Top 16
SCO Dijon-Team Matériel-Vélo.com
Sojasun espoir-ACNC
VC Pays de Loudéac
VC Rouen 76
VC Villefranche Beaujolais
Vendée U-Pays de la Loire
WB-Fybolia Locminé
EC Saint-Etienne Loire

Regional committee
Centre Val de Loire

Other structures
Uno-X DARE Development Team (NOR)
Abloc CT (NED)
Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
Team Colpack Ballan (ITA)
Team Lotto-Kern Haus (GER)
Development Team DSM (GER)

Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB Development Team (BEL)
German national team (GER)
EFC – L&R – AGS (BEL)
Tudor Pro Cycling Team (SUI)
Jumbo-Visma Development Team (NED)
Elevate P/B Home Solution-Soenens (BEL)
Lotto Soudal Development (BEL)
Metec-SOLARWATT P/B MANTEL (NED)
Israel Cycling Academy U23 (ISR)

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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.

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-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)

2021 PARIS-TOURS

22 TEAMS, 212,3 KILOMETRES AND 9 VINEYARD TRACKS

Key points:
 The 115th Paris–Tours, which will start in Chartres on Sunday 10 October, will be decided on a 212,3 km course featuring 9 vineyard tracks with a combined length of 9.5 km within the final 50 km. It is a carbon copy of last year’s route and, therefore, perfect for the classics specialists.
 The 22 teams on the start list include the outfits of the winners of the last three editions, which were held in part on these unpaved sections. A total of 14 teams that participated in the last Tour de France will be present.

The one-off postponement of the Northern Classics to the autumn season, the final act of which will be Paris–Tours, has muddied the waters in terms of who is going to enter the race, but the course of the 2021 edition seems to be one for the tough men. Since the distance and the location of the vineyard tracks remain exactly the same, everyone knows where to pounce on the opportunity to thin out the peloton and later launch a decisive attack, in the same vein as the three men who have won the race since the transition to the new format. In 2019, Jelle Wallays threw caution to the wind with a victorious solo attack from 50 kilometres out, on the Côte de Goguenne, while the Côte de la Rochère has twice been the scene of the final selection. In 2018, Cosnefroy, Terpstra and Kragh Andersen took off here before the Dane proved strongest in the finale, while in 2020, Cosnefroy was also part of the decisive move together with Casper Pedersen, who went on to prevail in their duel on Avenue de Grammont. The Frenchman could be looking to settle the score this time round.

22 teams entered

World Teams
AG2R Citroën Team (FRA)
Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)
Cofidis (FRA)
Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux (BEL)
Israël Start-Up Nation (ISR)
Jumbo-Visma (NED)
Lotto-Soudal (BEL)
Team DSM (GER)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Pro Teams
Alpecin-Fenix (BEL)
B&B Hotels p/b KTM (FRA)
Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB (BEL)
Delko (FRA)
Equipo Kern Pharma (ESP)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (BEL)
Team Arkea-Samsic (FRA)
TotalEnergies (FRA)
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

Continentales
St Michel-Auber 93 (FRA)
Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole (FRA)

PARIS-TOURS 2020

Chartres – Tours/Avenue de Grammont (213,0 km)
1 CASPER PHILLIP PEDERSEN (TEAM SUNWEB) 04H 51′ 44“
2 BENOIT COSNEFROY (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 00H 00′ 00“
3 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS (TEAM SUNWEB) + 00H 00′ 30“
4 VALENTIN MADOUAS (GROUPAMA – FDJ) + 00H 00′ 30“
5 WARREN BARGUIL (TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC) + 00H 00′ 30“
6 PETR VAKOC (ALPECIN – FENIX) + 00H 00′ 30“
7 ROMAIN BARDET (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 00H 00′ 30“
8 AUGUST JENSEN (RIWAL SECURITAS CYCLING TEAM) + 00H 02′ 11“
9 MAURITS LAMMERTINK (CIRCUS – WANTY GOBERT) + 00H 02′ 11“
10 RUDY MOLARD (GROUPAMA – FDJ) + 00H 02′ 11“

Tours – Sunday, October 11th 2020 – Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) claimed his biggest success as a professional rider on Sunday as he dominated Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) in a 2-man sprint on the Avenue de Grammont. At 24 years old, he brings Denmark a 4th success in Paris-Tours, two years after his teammate Soren Kragh Andersen, who couldn’t defend his chances today in the finale due to a crash. Cosnefroy lit up the race in the vineyard tracks but Pedersen held on and outsprinted him in the end. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Team Sunweb) finished 3rd from a small chasing group.

Paris-Tours 2020: Info with one day to go

Key points:
 The 114th edition of Paris-Tours will start at 09:35 tomorrow morning in Chartres. The riders will have to keep their wits about them as they take on vineyard tracks and hills towards the end of the 213-kilometre route, while taking care not to be caught out by crosswinds on the more exposed sections.
 2018 winner Soren Kragh Andersen starts as favourite but he faces no shortage of challengers, including Benoît Cosnefroy, Warren Barguil, Bryan Coquard, Nacer Bouhanni and Romain Bardet, who makes his final appearance in France for AG2R La Mondiale.
 Ahead of the elite race, the Avenue de Grammont will witness the conclusions to the Paris-Tours Espoirs and Paris-Tours Kilometre races, contested by boys and girls in the cadet and junior categories.

WIND, HILLS AND GRAVEL TRACKS: A HEAVY COCKTAIL

The “classic of the dead leaves” has become something of a “classic of the grapevines” since the addition to its route, two editions ago, of gravel sections traversing the vineyards of the Loire Valley. Set to ensure an intense final 50 kilometres for the racers, the nine tracks featured this year are interspersed among a series of hill climbs in the closing stages.
Cédric Coutouly, who is in charge of setting the route for Paris-Tours, explains the layout of this year’s race: „The vineyard tracks we choose are always accompanied by a hill. In 2018, for example, Kragh Andersen dropped Cosnefroy and Terpstra on the ascent of the Côte de Rochecorbon, a climb made even more demanding by the presence of a vineyard track immediately before it. It is this combination that creates various „springboards“ for riders looking to attack.” The wind is another element in the equation and one which, according to Coutouly, may have a central role to play tomorrow: „in theory there’ll be a north-westerly wind, which may mean crosswinds after the riders pass through Vendôme“. At that point, with over 100 kilometres left to race, only the most vigilant riders will prevail.

ROMAIN BARDET: “IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK”
After his season was put on hold following a heavy crash on the thirteenth stage of the Tour de France, Romain Bardet returned to action at the Flèche Brabançonne (27th) and is set to ride Paris-Tours for the very first time, just as his nine-season association with AG2R La Mondiale comes to an end. It will be his last race in the team’s colours in France before he leaves to join Sunweb: „I’ve only competed in the Paris-Tours U23 race and I’ve got good memories of it. I also recall the images of Richard Virenque when he won there in 2001, as he was a rider I followed closely at the time. I like the idea of trying out a new race and changing up my usual schedule, all the more so since the introduction of the vineyards has added a touch of spice to it. It’s interesting to shake up the route with this sort of innovation, to move away from the classic scenarios. I don’t have any real ambitions this weekend, although I felt good at the Flèche Brabançonne and I’m delighted that my season hasn’t been cut short. It’s good to be back in competition.”

PARIS-TOURS ESPOIRS:
YOUNG RIDERS TO SET OFF FROM BONNEVAL
The identity of the riders on the Paris-Tours Espoirs podium has sometimes been known to offer clues as to the future make-up of the professional peloton. The last ten editions of the race have seen stars like Jelle Wallays, Warren Barguil, Mike Teunissen, Jasper Philipsen and, more recently, Nils Eekhoff all finish in the top three. This year, observers will therefore be keeping a keen eye out for the under-23 riders crossing the finish line at the end of the 178-kilometres route starting in Bonneval.
Of the 31 teams competing, perhaps the most promising crop of riders can be found in the Uno-X Norwegian Development Team and, above all, in the figure of their leader Jonas Hvideberd, who was crowned U23 European champion in Plouay this August. Hvideberd finished third in the race in 2019 when he was only 20 years old. With another year of racing under his belt, the Norwegian has every reason to fancy his chances tomorrow but knows that he will face strong competition from rivals like Belgium’s Ward Vanhoof (sixth last year and fourth in Paris-Roubaix Espoirs) and Frenchman Jason Tesson, who rode home sixth behind Hvideberd at the European championships.
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PARIS-TOURS 2020: ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE DANES?

Key points:
 The 114th edition of Paris-Tours, which starts on Sunday morning in Chartres, will be raced over 213 km, with a final 50 km featuring nine vineyard tracks totalling 9.5 km.
 These gravel sections were first introduced in 2018, when they were mastered by Soren Kragh Andersen, who will start Sunday’s race as favourite. The Dane will face strong competition from a varied list of contenders that includes Romain Bardet, Valentin Madouas, Warren Barguil, Evaldas Siskevicius, Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard.

Whatever Paris-Tours may hold in store, the joy of raising one’s arms aloft on the Avenue de Grammont is a privilege reserved only for the very strongest riders. This is true when the race culminates in a sprint – be it one contested by a small group or a bigger peloton – and even more so when a rider succeeds in eliminating the competition with a solo break, a scenario that has unfolded twice since the vineyard tracks were first introduced in 2018. On that occasion Soren Kragh Andersen, who had already claimed notable successes including stage wins in the Tour of Oman and the Tour de Suisse, demonstrated a potent blend of racing instinct and strength as he rode to victory in Tours. Two years down the line, his formula continues to bear fruit, as shown in his two wins at this year’s Tour de France, and the Dane’s style appears once more to be perfectly suited to the challenge presented by the autumn vineyards. Having claimed an imperious victory ahead of Stefan Küng in the time trial stage at the recent BinckBank Tour, the Danish rouleur arrives in fine form and with the favourite’s tag firmly attached to his No. 1 bib. He nonetheless faces stiff competition from Valentin Madouas, in impressive form at the World Championships and in the Ardennes, Evaldas Siskevicius, a rider built for Roubaix-style challenges, and Romain Bardet, who is no stranger to descending from the mountains in search of the classics (3rd at Liège and 2nd in the Strade Bianche in 2018), like Warren Barguil, 4th of Flèche Wallonne and 9th in Liège last week. Alternatively, any prospect of a sprint for the line, regardless of the number of riders involved, could play into the hands of Bryan Coquard, who finished in the top ten at each of the seven sprints contested by the peloton at this year’s Tour de France (including 3rd place in Lavaur) or Nacer Bouhanni, who would dearly love to follow up his overall triumph in the Coupe de France series by claiming victory at one of the crucibles of sprinting.

The main contenders (as at 06/10):
Belgium
Alpecin-Fenix: De Bondt (BEL), Vakoc (CZE)
Circus-Wanty Gobert: Vliegen (BEL)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise: Deltombe (BEL)
Bingoal WB: Vanendert, Ista (BEL)

Denmark
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team: Jensen (NOR)

France
AG2R La Mondiale: Bardet, Godon (FRA)
Groupama-FDJ: Madouas, Molard (FRA)
Cofidis: Vanbilsen (Bel), Berhane (ERI)
Total-Direct Energie: Hivert (FRA)
Team Arkea-Samsic: Bouhanni, Barguil (FRA), McLay (GB)
B&B Vital Concept P/B KTM: Coquard (FRA), Slagter (NLD)
Nippo Delko Provence: Siskevicius (LIT), Combaud (FRA)
St Michel-Auber 93: Maldonado, Hurel (FRA)
Natura4ever-Roubaix Lille Métropole: Vermeulen, Levasseur (FRA)

Germany
Team Sunweb: Kragh Andersen, C.Pedersen (DEN)

Norway
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team: M. Hoelgaard (NOR)

Russia
Gazprom-RusVelo: Canola (ITA), Kuznetsov (RUS)

Spain
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA: Aberasturi (ESP), Aular (VEN)
Burgos-BH: Gibson (GB), Molenaar (NLD)
Euskaltel-Euskadi: Aristi (ESP), Zhyhunou (BLR)

USA
Team Novo Nordisk: Planet (FRA), Kusztor (HUN)
Rally Cycling: Carpenter, Colin (USA)

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