Schlagwort-Archive: Paris-Tours

PARIS-TOURS 2019: Wallays, five years after!

Tours – Sunday, October 13th 2019 – Winner of Paris-Tours back in 2014, Jelle Wallays (LTS) managed to conquer yet another victory on the French classic but on a course far different to the one of his first triumph. The Belgian took off with over fifty kilometres to go on the first of nine “vine tracks” on the menu. He then managed to stay clear of the group of favourites before winning with a comfortable lead over Niki Terpstra (TDE) et Oliver Naesen (ALM).
For the final road race on French territory of the cycling season, 151 riders gathered in the pretty city of Chartres, under a bright sunshine for the 113th edition of Paris-Tours. Taking off just before noon, six riders gave it a go in the early moments of the race but the strong headwind condemned their attempt rapidly. Ten kilometres later, three riders, Dowsett (TKA), Nielsen (RIW) and De Vos (RLY) tried their luck enjoying a decent advantage.

While going through Bonneval (km 30) the situation changed considerably. Dowsett stopped his efforts and five other riders managed to power away from the pack and bridged the gap on the escapees. Seven riders led the way: Molly, Paaschens (WVA), Nielsen (RIW), De Vos (RLY), Hurel (AUB), Dernies and Leroux (NRL).
The situation remained the same and the front riders enjoyed a maximum 4’15’’ lead at km 45. As the riders entered Vendôme, the peloton broke into several groups under the influence of teams Groupama-FDJ, Total Direct Energie and Vital Concept BnB Hotels. The gap dropped down dramatically and the breakaway was finally caught by a group of around forty riders at km 106. A first selection of title contenders had been done. While riders such as Cavendish or Van Asbroeck were dropped, all the main favourites including title holder Soren Kragh Andersen (SUN) but also Démare (GFC), Naesen (AGR) and Terpstra (TDD) remained in the leading group.
At km 146, the winner of the 2018 edition decided to take off on his own. Kragh Andersen was soon to be caught by Boy Van Poppel (ROC) just ten kilometres before the first gravel track as both men enjoyed a 40” advantage. On the climb up the Côte de Goguenne, Van Poppel failed to keep up with his breakaway companion and Jelle Wallays (LTS) winner of the race in 2014 counter-attacked. At the exit of “vine path” n°8, the leading rider had a 35’’ gap over Wallays and 50” over a slim peloton.
On the following track, bad luck hit Kragh Andersen who suffered a puncture. The Sunweb leader was caught and rapidly dropped by the main group of favourites at km 179 while Wallays saw his lead grow to 1’25” after sector n°6. Despite the many attacks in the chasing group, the Belgian maintained a consistent gap. With 15kms to go it reached 1’30”.
On the final climb of the day, the Côte de Rochecorbon (10kms from the finish), Wallays hadn’t lost any time on the chasing 11 men. Two men then decided to take off on a final counter-attack: Naesen (ALM) and Terpstra (TDE). But with 5kms to go Wallays could still count on a promising 55” lead. The Belgian stayed clear of the chasing duo and victoriously crossed the finish line with close to 40” on Terpstra and Naesen, second and third. Five years after what was then his greatest victory, Wallays triumphs again.
Chartres – Tours/Avenue de Grammont (217,0 km)
1 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:34:20
2 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Total Direct Energie 0:00:29
3 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:30
4 Arnaud Démare (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0:00:36
5 Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:00:49
6 Aimé De Gendt (Bel) Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 0:00:49
7 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Dimension Data 0:00:51
8 Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept – B&B Hotels 0:00:53
9 Kevyn Ista (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:00:53
10 Julien Vermote (Bel) Team Dimension Data 0:00:53
11 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:53
12 Fernando Barceló Aragon (Esp) Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 0:00:55
13 Stefan Küng (SUI) Groupama – FDJ 0:01:14
14 Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) Wallonie Bruxelles 0:01:20
15 Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:43
16 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 0:01:43
17 Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel – Auber 93 0:01:43
18 Reto Hollenstein (SUI) Team Katusha Alpecin 0:01:43
19 Aaron Verwilst (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:01:43
20 Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkéa – Samsic 0:01:43

PARIS-TOURS 2019: Stefan Küng: “The more demanding it is, the better it suits me”

Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

Recent bronze medallist at the World Championships in Yorkshire after blowing up the race at more than 60 kilometres from the finish, Stefan Küng is among the riders on form as the season nears its end. The Swiss rider from the Groupama FDJ team also expects to be in his element on the uncomfortable terrain to try to win Sunday in Tours.
Several riders have already finished their season after the Worlds. To the contrary, do you want to continue to take advantage of your current form?
“I took a break in September and did some high-altitude training to prepare for the Worlds, which has allowed me to take on the end of the season both mentally and physically fresh. The World Championship was the main objective, but there are still some terrific races afterwards and in particular Paris-Tours. This is the one I have had in mind since the conclusion of the Worlds, and the one that suits me best.”
You returned to competition on Binche-Chimay-Binche (9th) where you were still in contention and even a protagonist in the leading group in the final stretch. How were your feeling?
“I felt very good, maybe a little too good, because I really put in a lot of effort. I didn’t want to wait for the sprint, so I pulled away from the peloton several times, but in spite of that, there was a regrouping and I was dropped. It was still confirmation that I am in very good shape.”

The scenario on last year’s Paris-Tours, with a rather aggressive selection quite far from the finish, would suit you nicely for a solo attack…
“I hope the race will be tough, the more demanding it is, the better it suits me. I saw that the selection can also happen due to mechanical problems on the trails, so we will put in a meticulous reconnaissance ride Friday, which will allow us to adapt the equipment and avoid a premature elimination.”
©Presse Sports “Once I build a gap, I know that I can hold on and the distance doesn’t scare me. That is why I always prefer to anticipate.”
What do you think about the trails in the vineyards? For someone who is strong on the Roubaix cobblestones in the Spring (11th), it shouldn’t be too much of a big deal…
“Yes, and I also love the Strade Bianche, so it doesn’t pose any problems. When I train, I very often ride on rocky trails because I like it. I know how to react on these terrains and in the race, it helps. It does not scare me and it’s even an advantage.”
Your success rate is rather high when you decide to attack. What tells you when it is the right time to go for it?
“When my legs are really hurting, I tell myself that it must be truly difficult for everyone. And generally, it is at that moment that an attack can allow me to take off. And once I build a gap, I know that I can hold on and I am not afraid of the distance. That is why I always prefer to anticipate and have a lead from my adversaries.”

You have the chance to put in a strong race with Groupama FDJ. What will be the strategy on Sunday?
“We will use all of our options. It will certainly be up to me to be the first one to move and to be included in the selection. And if it doesn’t happen, with Arnaud and Marc who is also in good shape, we will for sure still have at least one rider in the group for the win. It is always good to be able to count on several options, especially in a race of more than 200 kilometres.”
To win Paris-Tours would be a terrific way to end your first year with Groupama FDJ…but what initial evaluation can you already make?
“It has been very positive because in changing teams I wanted to take on more responsibilities. Having to ride for Greg Van Avermaet, I lost a bit of the winning instinct, which made the start of the season a little difficult. But then I was able to take on my role as a team leader and win some races. And of course, there was the Tour de France where I rode for Thibaut Pinot, who has the ability to win, which is extremely motivating.”


Key points:
 Just like last year, when Søren Kragh Andersen used the rugged terrain as a launchpad to claim a solo win, the 113th edition of Paris–Tours should come down to a showdown among classics specialists. Oliver Naesen, Niki Terpstra, Nils Politt and Stefan Küng will be vying for his crown this year.
 For the second time running, the peloton will have to tackle vineyards tracks (nine sectors totalling 10.7 km), along with seven climbs in the final 50 kilometres.
 The classic of the falling leaves will also be the final curtain call for Brice Feillu, the winner of the stage to Andorra-Arcalís in the 2009 Tour de France, who will be hanging up his wheels at the end of the season.
Paris–Tours has ended in a bunch sprint 12 times since the finish line was moved to the Avenue de Grammont in 1988. In other words, short- or long-range solo attacks and small group sprints have carried the day almost two thirds of the time. While the addition of vineyards to the course in 2018 ripped the peloton apart, the sporting manager of the race, Cédric Coutouly, thinks that the selection could be less abrupt this time round. „As well as shortening those sectors a bit, we increased the distance between the two that did the most damage last year. We have also thrown in a 10-kilometre breather that will make it easier for groups to reform. I have an inkling that the decisive selection will come later. On the other hand, team tactics will be less important than usual because almost every vineyard track comes right after a climb, when everyone will be going into the red anyway. As a result, only the tough guys will be a factor. However, having a teammate in the finale can still come in handy from a strategic point of view, for example, in the event of a small group finish.“

Brice Feillu is set to hang up his wheels at the end of what is his 11th season in the pro peloton. The Frenchman, now racing for Arkéa–Samsic, experienced the sweetest moment of his career back in 2009 when, riding the Tour de France as a neo-pro, he claimed a Pyrenean stage ending in Ordino Arcalís, Andorra. The man from Châteaudun, who will be competing almost in his own backyard in the first part of the race on Sunday, has taken part in seven editions of the Grande Boucle and will be starting his fifth Paris–Tours.

Just like its pro counterpart, Paris-Tours Espoirs is an important late-season race for U23 riders. 31 teams featuring some of the most prolific rising stars of this season will roll out of Bonneval on Sunday. If defending champion Marten Kooistra is to go two for two on the vineyard tracks, he will have to see off the likes of the Norwegian winner of the Tour de l’Avenir, Tobias Foss. The U23 is a launch pad to the elite: Dutchman Nils Eekhoff, who came in third in last year’s Paris–Tours Espoirs, will be racing in the pro ranks with Sunweb this time round. Another five podium finishers in the U23 category will be riding „with the big boys“ on Sunday: Angelo Tulik, Tony Gallopin, Olivier Le Gac and Kris Boeckmans, as well as Jelle Wallays, the only man to have won both races.

Before the U23 riders and the pros, it will be the turn of the O15 riders and Juniors selected by the departmental and regional cycling committees to take the Avenue de Grammont by storm. 19 teams will go head to head in the Paris–Tours Kilometre following the format that premiered last year, with mixed teams of two girls and two boys apiece.

Paris-Tours 2019 – The paths to success

Key points:
 For the 113th edition of Paris-Tours, which will take place this coming 13 October, the formula of unpaved roads capable of favouring an eventful race have been brought back, with a slightly shorter distance and a reworked layout.
 The 217km race will start in Chartres, while the Paris-Tours Espoirs peloton will kick-off the action using the final 183 kilometres, starting in Bonneval. The cadets and juniors, boys and girls will compete in the Kilomètre de Paris-Tours.

The 2018 harvest season exceeded all expectations. This is not a report published by the Vouvray winegrowers, but rather conclusions drawn from the changes made to the Paris-Tours race route last year. An attacking style was rewarded, in particular for Søren Kragh Andersen, the 24-year-old winner of his first classic after finishing runner-up in 2017. When he went on the offensive, the succession of vineyards weeded out the peloton to the delight of the strongest riders. The spirit of this pitched battle has been conserved, while arranging the positioning of the difficulties that will progressively drop riders. Thus, the first unpaved sections come after more than 160 kilometres of the race, while a 10km-long portion favouring a regrouping will precede a second series of unpaved roads.

In the section exposed to wind in the Eure-et-Loir and Loir-et-Cher, the crosswinds more than anything else will preserve the race favourites. But after passing by the Château d’Amboise, they will certainly have to rely on their team mates… and finally trust their instincts and legs. On the 10.7s kilometres of vineyards (vs 12.5 kms in 2018), 6.5 kms are regrouped over a distance of 20 kms and spread out over six sectors. The race will then continue through the city of Rochecorbon and head toward the finish line in Tours where an eventual breakaway leader will have to resist his remaining rivals on the Avenue de Grammont. Unless there is a larger group on this Mecca of sprint finishes…

23 teams entered
World Teams
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Groupama-FDJ (Fra)
Lotto Soudal (Bel)
Team Dimension Data (Afs)
Team Katusha-Alpecin (Sui)
Team Sunweb (All)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

Pro Continental
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (Fra)
Delko Marseille Provence (Fra)
Euskadi Basque Country-Murias (Esp)
Gazprom-Rusvelo (Rus)
Israel Cycling Academy (Isr)
Rally UHC Cycling (Usa)
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Dan)
Roompot-Charles (Hol)
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
Team Arkéa-Samsic (Fra)
Total Direct Energie (Fra)
Vital Concept-B&B Hotels (Fra)
Wallonie Bruxelles (Fra)
Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team (Bel)

Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole (Fra)
St Michel-Auber 93 (Fra)

Heinrich Haussler: „Das Team hat einen super Job gemacht“

Bei Sonnenschein im Ziel von Paris-Tours zeigte sich Jels Wallays (Top Sport Vlandeeren) als Überraschungssieger der 108. Auflage dieses Klassikers. Der Belgier triumphierte im Zweiersprint vor dem Franzosen Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) nach einer Flucht von 236 Kilometer). IAM Cycling war beim letzten Rennen vor der verdienten Pause erneut sehr aktiv. Die Mannschaft präsentierte sich auf den letzten Kilometern an der Spitze des Feldes und sicherte sich danach im Finale einen anständigen Ehrenplatz. Heinrich Haussler beendete das Rennen als bester des Teams auf dem 5. Platz und Aleksejs Saramotins (12.) und Sébastien Hinault (21.) komplettierten das gute Mannschaftsergebnis. Der 40-jährige Bretone liess das letzte Rennen seiner Karriere noch einmal Revue passieren: „Ich fühlte mich gut. Leider wurde ich in einen Sturz verwickelt und war nicht in der Lage, Heinrich zu helfen, in dem wir versucht hatten, die beiden Spitzenfahrer wieder zu stellen. Nun ist es vorbei und ich musste ein paar Tränen vergiessen, nachdem mich meine Familie und Freunde aus der Bretagne hier im Ziel überrascht hatten. Ich bin glücklich mit meiner Karriere und dankbar, dass ich dieses Kapitel gesund beenden kann.“

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Serge Beucherie: „Vom aktuellen Schwung profitieren“

Das frühere Circuit Franco-Belge, welches neu unter dem Namen Eurométropole ausgetragen wird, bietet für die Sprinter und Puncher eine der letzten Möglichkeiten, ihre Qualitäten vor dem Ende der Saison noch einmal unter Beweis zu stellen. Im Oktober stehen dann zum Abschluss noch die beiden Rennen Paris-Bourges und Paris-Tours auf dem Programm.

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IAM Cycling glänzt zum Saisonabschluss bei Paris -Tours

Der letzte Renntag begann schlecht für IAM Cycling. Ausserhalb von Chartres brachen Diebe die Tür des Teambusses auf und klauten dabei einen Radio, einen Kühler und natürlich auch ein Schweizer Taschenmesser. Eine magere Beute, welche die Moral der acht Fahrer von IAM Cycling nicht schmälern konnte. Die Jungs waren hochmotiviert, ihrem Chef Michel Thétaz, Gründer von IAM Cycling und CEO der IAM SA ( den dreizehnten Siegesstrauss der Saison zu bescheren und ihm so für sein Engagement während des ganzen ersten Jahres der Teamgeschichte zu danken. Bei 35 Kilometern nach dem Start machte Aleksejs Saramotins einen ersten Schritt in diese Richtung und attackierte zusammen mit drei weiteren Fahrern.

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John Degenkolb gewinnt auch Paris-Tours

John Degenkolb (GER) has closed his season in style with a win in the 107th Paris-Tours Elite, his sixth victory of the season.

Four riders formed the break of the day: Julien Duval (Roubaix – Lille Métropole), Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) and Sebastian Lander (BMC). Their advantage grew to more than 11 minutes, but the gap came down quickly when the sprint teams started to chase. Saramotins tried to stay away on his own at the end, but with 10 km to go he was reeled back into the bunch.

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IAM Cycling beendet die Saison in Frankreich

Mit zwei französischen Rennen in der aktuellen Woche beendet IAM Cycling eine ereignisreiche erste Saison im professionellen Fahrerfeld. Beide Halbklassiker starten jeweils in einem Pariser Vorort und beide Male steht IAM Cycling mit jeweils acht Fahrern an der Startlinie. Die Jungs sind alle sehr motiviert und heiss darauf, den 13. Saisonsieg für die Mannschaft in ihrem ersten Jahr zu sichern. Ob nun bei Paris-Bourges oder bei Paris-Tour besitzen Haussler, Hinault, Bandiera und Ista sicher die Fähigkeiten, sich in einem Schlusssprint entscheidend in Szene zu setzen, während Aregger, Klemme, Saramotins und Schelling ihre Chancen auf einen möglichen Sieg in einer Fluchtgruppe suchen werden. IAM Cycling beendet die Saison in Frankreich weiterlesen

Heinrich Haussler auf Angriff bei der Tour de l’Eurométropole

Die Tour de l’Eurométropole, ehemalig Circuit Franco-Belge, hat bis jetzt noch keine Möglichkeit gebracht für IAM Cycling, den 13. Siegesstrauss der ersten Saison nach Hause zu nehmen. Die zweite Etappe in und um Poperinge endete in einem Massensprint, den der Deutsche John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) für sich entscheiden konnte. Zweiter wurde Jempy Drucker und Dritter der Sieger der ersten Etappe Jens Debusschere, der sein Leadertrikot auf dem zweiten Abschnitt verteidigen konnte. Heinrich Haussler, der bereits während der ganzen Etappe immer wieder sehr aktiv war, fuhr am Ende ebenfalls einen starken Sprint und sicherte sich so einen Platz in den Top15. Marcello Albasini, sportlicher Leiter im ersten Auto von IAM Cycling, war nach dem Rennen mit seinen Jungs zufrieden. „Dominic Klemme versuchte heute sein Glück. Heinrich Haussler auf Angriff bei der Tour de l’Eurométropole weiterlesen