Paris-Tours announces revamped route and teams participating
Sep 05 2018 02:48 pm CET

Paris-Tours announces revamped route and teams participating
Paris-Tours announces revamped route and teams participating
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Paris-Tours has announced a new route for its 2018 edition. Some of the strongest sprinters and Classic riders will be at the start line of the French competition.

The known as the "Classic of the Falling Leaves" has announced a new route that will be shorter than the one of 2017 with 211 kilometres, past year was of 234 kilometres. It will also include seven climbs and 12.5 kilometres of vineyard tracks.

The climbs, along with narrow roads and windswept plains that can cause echelons in the peloton, promise an interesting and exciting race. Sprinters like Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Christophe Laporte and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) will expect for a fast finish.

But if the route manages to cause breaks in the peloton, Classic specialists like Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) could take the final victory of the race.

The race has also announced the 22 teams that will take part in the race. Nine WorldTour will be at the start line along with ProContinental and Continental formations.

Teams selected for the 2018 Paris-Tours: Quick-Step Floors, Lotto–Soudal, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Veranda's Willems Crelan, Wanty Groupe Gobert, WB Aqua Protect Veraanclassic, Ag2r–La Mondiale, Groupama-FDJ, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits, Delko Marseille Provence KTM, Direct Énergie, Team Fortuneo—Samsic, Vital Concept Cycling Club, Saint-Michel Auber 93, Roubaix Lille Métropole, Team Sunweb, Israel Cycling Academy, Team LottoNL–Jumbo, Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, Team Dimension Data, Katusha–Alpecin and EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale.
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