Matteo Trentin (Quickstep-Floors) won the 111th edition of Paris-Tours, ahead of Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) with teammate Niki Terpstra ensuring the Belgian squad had two on the podium.
Leaving Brou earlier this morning, the peloton was greeted with pleasantly cool and dry racing conditions. Over the 238km course the weather turned and the final 50km was raced over wet roads. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rode well as a unit, always at the front and looking after Mark Cavendish for the finale.
The 5 riders in the early break stood next to no chance of surviving today with Nic Dougall, Johann van Zyl and Jay Thomson pacing the peloton over the later part of the course. The race was back together with 10km to go but pre race favourite and defending champion, Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep) was in a spot of bother though as he was struggling to make it back to the peloton after crashing on a wet right-hand corner. Quickstep then played their Trentin card with the Italian attacking on a short kicker with 9km to go.
Our young stagiaire, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier tried to follow the acceleration but couldn’t quite match the 6 that got away. The peloton then split to pieces in the final run to the line, Quickstep having the upper hand with their superior numbers in front. Bernie Eisel and Gebreigzabhier tried to bring Cavendish back into contention but it was too late to catch those up the road. Cavendish and Gebreigzabhier rolled home with the main group, 45 seconds after Trentin out sprinted Andersen for the win.
JP Heynderickx – Sport Director
Unfortunately we did not get the result we were hoping for today. The guys rode well and Cavendish was looking good right into the final. It was a really difficult final too, with the weather playing a role and a lot of roundabouts and small roads. Our plan was stay out of trouble and ride at the front where it was safe and the guys followed the plan perfectly. Our stagiaires did well too and I think it was a good experience for them. Quickstep though, made it difficult to control at the end and particularly Trentin, he showed again how strong he is at the moment.