Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) was able to successfully defend his Paris-Bourges title from last year by sprinting to the victory once again today. Alexander Porsev (Katusha) was 2nd in the photo-finish while 3rd went to Rudy Barbier (Roubaix Lille Metropole). The 66th edition of the Paris Bourges pretty much went according to the race preview script with a reduced peloton sprinting for the victory after the wind had cut the peloton in half coming into Bourges. The 5 rider early escape that formed had little chance of surviving today with a consistently high pace in the peloton, thanks largely to the continual fight for position.
Today Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be racing the UCI 1.1 Paris-Bourges. The 190km French event starts in Gien and ends in Bourges after meandering its way through the countryside of Cher. Recent years have seen the sprinters have their way at the Paris-Bourges and this year it would seem to be no different. There are a few undulations for the peloton to deal with in the middle part of today’s course but the mostly flat to downhill final 30km definitely lends itself well to the teams with favoured sprinters. The weather could end up being the most influential factor, especially with strong winds.