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Van Avermaet victorious in Paris-Tours

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Belgian outsprints Marcato from breakaway, sprinters lose out

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wins Paris-Tours from a two-man escape.

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wins Paris-Tours from a two-man escape.

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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) outsprinted breakaway companion Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) to win Paris-Tours on Sunday. Kasper Klostergaard of Saxo Bank-Sungard took third, as the expected mass sprint didn't materialise.

"I'm really good at sprinting after a long hard race and so is he ...but in the end I was stronger," Van Avermaet said. "I was happy he was working very well in the end. We decided to go full out to the finish and then see who was the fastest in the sprint.

"The team did a really good job and we tried to make the whole race really hard and control the race the whole day."

188 riders set out into the wind and rain on the day, with less than half of them making it to the end.

A group of seven riders five riders got away early and built up a lead of just over 11 minutes. However, the lead of Will Clarke (Leopard Trek), David Boucher (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Sébastien Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet), Rubens Bertogliati (Team Type 1), Andreas Klier (Garmin Cervelo), Rony Martias (Saur Sojasun) and Jurgen Van Goolen (Veranda's Willems – Accent) came down under pressure from behind.

The sprinters' teams gave furious chase, with Rabobank for defending champion Oscar Freire and HTC-Highroad riding for World champion Mark Cavendish leading the way.However, none of the sprinters' teams was able to organise things enough to bring their speedy men up to the very front.

With about 70 km to go, the gap had shrunk enough that an additional 15 riders, including Van Avermaet, was able to bridge up to the group. The larger group's lead never reached the two minute mark, but it was enough.

Arnaud Gerard (FDJ) was the first to attack out of the breakaway, at about the 17km marker. Van Avermaet and Marcato gave chase, easily catching and dropping the Frenchman. Sylvain Chavanel and Philippe Gilbert tried desperately to bridge up from the peloton, but couldn't get away.

The two leaders took enough of a lead into the final kilometer to not worry about their chasers. Van Avermaet hung on to Marcato's rear wheel before taking off at the 300 meter mark to win.

Full Results

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5:21:43  
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:02  
3 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:15  
4 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling    
5 Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis    
6 Mickaël Delage (Fra) FDJ 0:00:22  
7 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack    
8 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek    
9 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
10 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ 0:00:26  
11 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:48  
12 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling    
13 David Boucher (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto    
14 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
15 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
16 Vitaliy Buts (Ukr) Lampre - ISD    
17 Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet    
18 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Team Type 1 - Sanofi Aventis 0:00:53  
19 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:01:23  
20 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
21 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
22 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano    
23 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
24 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
25 Greg Henderson (NZl) Sky Procycling    
26 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller    
27 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
28 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
29 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
30 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
31 Baden Cooke (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard    
32 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
33 Jetse Bol (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
34 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
35 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team    
36 Steven Van Vooren (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator    
37 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
38 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
39 Roger Kluge (Ger) Skil - Shimano    
40 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
41 Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) FDJ    
42 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad    
43 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ    
44 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad    
45 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling    
46 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
47 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
48 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
49 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) HTC-Highroad    
50 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling    
51 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
52 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
53 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling    
54 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
55 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:01:31  
56 Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:34  
57 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:36  
58 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team    
59 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
60 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
61 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ    
62 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
63 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
64 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
65 Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
66 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano 0:01:40  
67 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:46  
68 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:02:14  
69 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
70 Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale    
71 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent 0:02:30  
72 Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo    
73 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
74 Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Big Mat-Auber 93)    
75 Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad    
76 Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:02:47  
77 Jürgen Van Goolen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - Accent    
78 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:17  
79 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:04:22  
80 André Steensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:07:25  
81 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team    
82 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team RadioShack    
83 Matthew Brammeier (Irl) HTC-Highroad    
84 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team    
85 Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:13:56  
86 William Clarke (Aus) Leopard Trek    
87 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:15:11  
88 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
89 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi