Jelle Wallays wins Paris-Tours for the second time in his career
Oct 14 2019 03:19 am CET

Jelle Wallays wins Paris-Tours for the second time in his career
Jelle Wallays wins Paris-Tours for the second time in his career
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Lotto-Soudal's Jelle Wallays has taken the victory of Paris-Tours five years after he did it for the first time.

The 113th edition of the French race was 217 kilometres long and started with several attempts of an escape that had trouble due to the speed of the pack and the hard winds that made every effort very difficult. Eventually, a group of seven managed to break free and form a gap of more than four minutes with the peloton.

With more than 100 kilometres to go, the escape was reeled back in by a selection of around 40 riders that included names like Niki Terpstra, Soren Kragh Andersen, Arnaud Demare and Oliver Naesen. At around 70 kilometres to go, Kragh Andersen changed the pace and went on by himself and was soon joined by Boy van Poppel.

On the climb of the Cote de Goguenne, Van Poppel was dropped and Jelle Wallays joined the front man. But Kragh Andersen soon after suffered a puncture that left the Belgian rider of Lotto-Soudal riding in front on his own.

Wallays managed to keep a good distance with the chasers and crossed the finish line 29 seconds ahead Terpstra and at 30 seconds from Naesen, who completed the final podium. The Belgian rider had already won the race in 2014.




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