Demare emulates Gilbert with back-to-back victory
Farewell to Gilbert
160 riders started from Chartres, where an homage was paid to 2008 and 2009 winner Philippe Gilbert, who retired today. Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels), Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X) and Clement Carisey (Go Sport) attacked from the gun and had to wait for 30 km for the peloton to give them the go-ahead as the gap grew over three minutes.
Sam Bennett: “I didn’t expect to be in the front that long”
I just saw an opportunity. There were a lot of sections in which you had to climb before and there was a big fight to go in the front. So I thought it was a good idea to go in the break and let the peloton come back. I didn’t expect to be in the front so long. In the end I didn’t have to do go too much into the red in the gravel sections because I could set my own...
Démare: “It was the one race to win”
It was different, we were still a whole bunch left. We rode a great team race, I think we nearly all finished in the front group and we had a guy, Olivier Le Gac, up front with 2 km to go. The whole team did a great job. I’m really happy, I didn’t expect this type of finish with 40 riders, it’s great.
The paths really hurt, but because there were...
Top five results
1. Arnaud Démare (France) Groupama-FDJ
2. Sam Bennett (Ireland) Bora-Hansgrohe
3. Edward Teuns (Belgium) Trek Segafredo
4. Simone Consini (Italy) Cofidis
5. Luca Mozzaot (Italy) B&B Hotels.
Demare wins the 116th edition of Paris-Tours.
Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) retained his title in Paris-Tours.
Under the red flame, the peloton caught the four escapees.
2 km to go…
… and Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X), Kim Heiduk (Ineos Grenadiers), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) and Alex Kirsch (Trek-Segafredo) lead the bunch by 5 seconds.
3 km to go…
… and Jonas Abrahamsen (Uno-X), Kim Heiduk (Ineos Grenadiers), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) and Alex Kirsch (Trek-Segafredo) keep a 10 seconds lead.
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