Matteo Trentin takes victory at Paris-Tours
Oct 08 2017 05:01 pm CET

Matteo Trentin takes victory at Paris-Tours
Matteo Trentin takes victory at Paris-Tours
Photo of Matteo Trentin © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) has taken the victory at Paris-Tours. The Italian continued an outstanding season by being the fastest at the final sprint against Soren Kragh Andersen.

The race between Brou and Tours was 234.5 kilometres long and started with an escape of five riders.

Lawrence Naesen (WB Veranclassic Aquaprotect), Stéphane Poulhiès (Armee de Terre), Michael Goolaerts (Veranda's Willems-Crelan), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) created a gap of more than five minutes with the peloton.

Behind them, the pack was pulled by teams like Dimension-Data and Quick-Step Floors, who expected to set the conditions for a new victory for the champion of the 2016 edition, Fernando Gaviria.

With 30 kilometres to go, Sunweb's Mike Teunissen attacked from the peloton and joined Goolaerts in the chase, after the latter was dropped from the front group. A few kilometres later, only Naesen and van Goethem remained at the front of the race.

At 18 kilometres from the end, ruling champion Gaviria fell in a curve and had to change his bike, losing significant time to the peloton. The rider drafted behind his team car to get back to the main group.

The last of the escapees were reeled back in with 10 kilometres to go and Quick-Step immediately increased the pace in the peloton, leaving Gaviria struggling at the back. Matteo Trentin's (Quick-Step Floors) change of rhythm broke the pack into pieces and only Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) could stay at his wheel.

At 6 kilometres from the end, Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) joined the front of the race and helped to set a higher pace and increase the gap with the chasers. The trio arrived to the last kilometre together and Terpstra sped up to lead Trentin out in the sprint, which resulted in the victory for the Italian.

Andersen crossed the finish line second and the Dutchman was third.




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