Pedersen takes over
Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) claimed his biggest success as a professional rider on Sunday as he dominated Benoît 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 in the finale due to a crash....
Nieuwenhuis: ”A great collective performance”
Joris Nieuwenhuis: “There was tension at the start, but not so much because it was tailwind. It was also nervous ahead of the finale, Kragh Andersen crashed hard and that was a big blow for the team. I was behind at that moment and I couldn’t get in the group when Cosnefroy accelerated. I had to control and hide myself in the chasing group until I got 3rd. It’s...
Cosnefroy: "When your rival is stronger, there’s nothing else to do but salute him"
Benoit Cosnefroy : “I did the race I want to do. There wasn’t much of an opening in the finale and I ended up battling it out with a rider who’s stronger than me in the sprint. I was disappointed when I crossed the line not to bring the victory to the team after they worked brilliantly for me all day long. But when your rival is stronger, there’s nothing...
Pedersen: “It’s wonderful”
Casper Pedersen :”It was a dream to get a result here. I came out of the Tour with a good shape. Soren Kragh Andersen was our leader but I was extremely motivated to be up there in the finale as well. The first attacker often goes a long way. When a group attacked in the first vineyard track, after a push from Romain Bardet, I went for it. I had already sprinted against...
Pedersen wins Paris-Tours!
Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) narrowly edges Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) on the line. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Team Sunweb) dominates the sprint for 3rd.
Cosnefroy and Pedersen are set to battle it out on the Avenue de Grammont.
Cosnefroy and Pedersen work well together
The gap with 2.5km to go: 24''.
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