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.
Démare: “I gave it everything”
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ): “I never gave up despite a difficult run this season. I abandoned in the Tour, it wasn’t a good La Vuelta and then I was always up there but I didn’t get the win. We did everything well to keep believing and this time things went my way. To win the last race of the season, in this fashion, makes me really happy. When the...
1. Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
2. Franck Bonnamour (B&B Hotels p/b KTM)
3. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)
4. Stan Dewulf (AG2R Citroën Team), +3''
5. Danny van Poppel (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), +40''
Démare wins Paris-Tours 2021
He caught the leaders inside the last 350m!
The gap is down to 3''...
3km to go
The gap is stable: 10''.
The race is in Tours
Démare and Stuyven can see Bonnamour and Dewulf, 12'' ahead of them with 6km to go.
8'' with 10km to go
Arnaud Démare is chasing hard with Jasper Stuyven on his wheel.
Démare attacks on the final climb of the day
Only Stuyven follows. Madouas is not far behind them.
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