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Feillu targets Paris-Tours

Stephen Farrand
October 09, 2010, 12:16 BST,
October 10, 2010, 0:32 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, October 10, 2010
Paris - Tours
Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) celebrates on the podium

Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) celebrates on the podium

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Frenchman ready for any scenario

Romain Feillu only arrived back from the world championships in Australia late on Wednesday but finished second in Thursday's Paris-Bourges race and is confident of his chances at Paris-Tours.

The Vacansoleil sprinter finished tenth in Geelong, just a few bike lengths behind Thor Hushovd and believes he has a great chance of winning the sprint on the Avenue de Grammont.

"I'm not scared to say that it's a classic that is tailor-made or me," Feillu told l'Equipe on Saturday.

"And I didn’t need to wait for the world championships to understand how good I am. I know what I can do and I'm confident."

This year's Paris-Tours is the last time the end of season classic will be held on the long, straight road into the centre of Tours because a tram system is soon to built along the road.

Feillu finished tenth in 2007, his first season as a professional and was 26th in 2009. However this year, he has made the race his final objective of the season and believes he can win a bunch sprint or beat other riders if a small group forms on the short climbs on the outskirts of Tours.

His big rivals are likely to be 2009 winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank),who was third in Paris-Bourges, Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Filippo Pozzato (Katusha) and possible Tom Boonen (Quick Step).

"It's easier for a sprinter like me to announce openly that I'm targeting Paris-Tours than a rider like Philippe Gilbert, who must try and avoid a sprint. I can go in the late moves on the short climbs but it's in my interest to wait for the sprint," Feillu said.

Feillu showed his finishing speed at Paris-Bourges, despite still suffering jetlag following his long flight back to France from Australia.

"On Thursday I woke up at four am and was unable to get back to sleep. But the jetlag was the reason why I rode Paris-Bourges. Racing is much better than just training, it really makes your legs feel good. Now I feel ready."

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