Among the world's best sprinters, the 26-year-old Colombian caught his rivals napping in last year's edition of the race, powering away from the other quick men some 600 metres from the finish. He hold on all the way to the line to take a convincing victory, with FDJ's Arnaud Démare left to settle for a distant second as he and the rest of the sprinters reacted to late to Gaviria's surprise move.
Trusted lead-out man Max Richeze will line up alongside Gaviria on Sunday, just as he did last year – and for many of Gaviria's other major career successes. The Belgian WorldTour team will have a variety of Classics specialists in the mix as well, with 2015 winner Matteo Trentin, Niki Terpstra, Zdenek Stybar and Yves Lampaert all in the mix.
Quick-Step Floors for Paris-Tours: Rémi Cavagna, Fernando Gaviria Rendon, Iljo Keisse, Yves Lampaert, Maximiliano Richeze, Zdenek Stybar, Niki Terpstra, Matteo Trentin