Marcato wins Paris-Tours

Late breakaway holds off the sprinters

Marco Marcato won his first classic at Paris-Tours but didn't dethrone Andreï Tchmil from the record books as the fastest winner ever. Back in 1997, the Moldavian turned Belgian set a record of 48.830km/h but the Italian from Vacansoleil-DCM came close with a score of 48.629. He resisted to a solo counter-attack by race favourite John Degenkolb and outsprinted Topsport Vlaanderen's Laurens de Vreese who accused him of misbehavior. Dutch champion Niki Terpstra of Omega Pharma-Quick Step was the third man of the winning breakaway.

The race started on a high speed with Sylvain Chavanel showing an aggressive spirit. One of the riders who accompanied him was young Australian talent Michael Hepburn from Orica-GreenEdge. "Before the race, our goal was to have someone in the breakaway," the world champion for individual pursuit told Cyclingnews. "It was a pretty big group. Being active and positive was a good way to conduct my last race as I didn't really get going on the road after the Olympics, but I'll come back stronger next year."

Karsten Kroon and Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), Jérôme Pineau (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Gatis Smukulis (Katusha), Laszlo Bodrogi (TT1), Arnaud Gérard (FDJ-BigMat), Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) and Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) were the other members of the breakaway. Their gap over the pack grow rapidly. They could enjoy a 4:50 advantage after a very fast first hour of racing (50.6 kilometres covered). Behind, the chase was being organised by teams AG2R-La Mondiale, Vacansoleil-DCM and Garmin-Sharp, failing to have riders in the breakaway and the gap started dropping. "We wouldn't let them have more than four minutes lead," said eventual winner Marcato who co-captained the Vacansoleil-DCM team.

The strongest rider of the breakaway was obviously Michael Mørkøv. He decided to take off on his own with under 40 kilometres to go while all his former breakaway companions were caught up by the chasing pack at km 201. "I tried a way to escape from the bunch as I've done all year," the Dane told Cyclingnews. "It was a good group but some guys were too afraid to pull. They were saving energy. As I felt being the strongest of the group, I went away but I knew it was impossible to make it by myself with 35 kilometres more to race."

A group of seven counter-attackers took over from Mørkøv: Marcato, Terpstra, Roy Curvers (Argos-Shimano), Julien Bérard (AG2R-La Mondiale), De Vreese, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) and Laurent Pichon (Bretagne-Schuller) managed to pull away in the last hills of the course and caught up with the leader. A second decisive move occurred in the final 10kms when Marcato pulled away, taking with him De Vreese and Terpstra.

While a group of favourites including defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano), Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan) managed to take off from the pack in the last hill (Cote de l'Epan, km 7), it was looking good for the front three, enjoying a fifteen seconds advantage with five kilometres to go. "Unfortunately, in the absence of radios, I didn't much of information," Marcato explained. "But I saw on the blackboard that there was a group at fifteen seconds and the peloton at 35 seconds. Obviously, had guys like Degenkolb, [Nacer] Bouhanni and [Adam] Blythe come across, it would have meant the end of my hopes."

Degenkolb was close to closing the gap by himself. "I understood this group was going for the victory but there were still three guys at the front," the German told Cyclingnews. "I was following Van Avermaet but since I was the strongest in the group, I tried because I only had one team-mate left with me. But probably I wasn't strong enough. You always have to try. I'm not devastated. It's still a fourth place in a big classic. After the fourth place at the world championship, it's not a bad way to conclude my season."

De Vreese wasn't that happy with the outcome. He and his directeur sportif Hans De Clercq complained to the judges about Marcato's move in the sprint but they got no luck. "Hadn't Marcato done that, I would have won," the Belgian noted. "I was going to pass him and he forced me to stop pedaling. It was my first time in such a situation while he had the experience of having sprinted here one year ago." After losing to Van Avermaet, Marcato had learnt the lesson. "I haven't seen what De Vreese is talking about," Marcato said. "I was only looking at the finishing line. But the street was wide. There was space for everyone. From last year, I mostly learnt how to ride in the kilometers preceding the sprint. One year ago, I had in mind that it was still good to be second. This time around, it was all or nothing. With 3km to go, I became confident that I would win."

The 28 year old Italian from Padova will put an end to his 2012 season at the Tour de Vendée next week, a race he won last year.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team4:50:34 
2Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
4John Degenkolb (Ger) Argos - Shimano0:00:06 
5Laurent Pichon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:12 
6Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
7Björn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
8Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:19 
9Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
10Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
11Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Radioshack-Nissan  
13Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
14Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing Team0:00:28 
16Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
17Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team  
18Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
19Steele Von Hoff (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
20Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
21Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
22Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
23James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
24Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
25Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) La Pomme Marseille  
26Benjamin Verraes (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
27Zico Waeytens (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
28Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
29Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
30Christophe Laborie (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
31Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan  
32Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin-Sharp  
33Maxime Vantomme (Bel) Katusha Team  
34Stijn Neirynck (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
35Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Auber 93  
36Saïd Haddou (Fra) Team Europcar  
37Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
38Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
39Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
40Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
41Jimmy Casper (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
43Kurt Hovelynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
44Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
45Thomas Sprengers (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
46Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
47Florian Senechal (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
48Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
49Julian Dean (NZl) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
50Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
51Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
52Tom Skujins (Lat) La Pomme Marseille  
53Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
54Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
55Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
56David Lelay (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
57Marcello Pavarin (Ita) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
58Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
59Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
60Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team  
61Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
62Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Argos - Shimano  
63Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
64Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
65Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
66Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Procycling  
67Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
68Grégory Rast (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
69Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack-Nissan0:00:42 
70Karsten Kroon (Ned) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
71Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
72Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:47 
73Baptiste Plackaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:01:11 
74Christophe Laporte (Fra) La Pomme Marseille0:01:22 
75Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
76Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
77Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:14 
78Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team  
79Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha Team  
80Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
81Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
82Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
83Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
84Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team  
85Yohan Cauquil (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
86Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Team Europcar  
87Romain Bacon (Fra) Auber 93  
88Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Radioshack-Nissan  
89Michael Morkov (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
90Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
91Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
92Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
93Takashi Miyazawa (Jpn) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
94Tim De Troyer (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
95Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
96Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
97Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
98Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
99Egidijus Juodvalkis (Ltu) Landbouwkrediet  
100Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos - Shimano  
101Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
102Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:04:31 
103Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
104Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
105Robert Wagner (Ger) Radioshack-Nissan  
106Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
107Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
108Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Auber 93  
109Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
110Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:05:16 
111Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team0:06:08 
112Matthew Busche (USA) Radioshack-Nissan  
113Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) Auber 93  
114Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
115Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
116Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
117Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:39 
118Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
119Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:06:40 
120Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
121Pieter Serry (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator  
122Jonathan Breyne (Bel) Landbouwkrediet0:07:38 
123Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
124Sébastien Bergeret (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
125Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
126Jean-Lou Paiani (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
127Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
128Arnoud Van Groen (Ned) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
129Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
130Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
131Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
132Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
133Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
134Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
135Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Auber 93  
136Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:46 
137Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
138Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar0:07:59 
139Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:10:07 
140Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:12:39 
141Bert De Backer (Bel) Argos - Shimano  
142Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  
143Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
144Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
145Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
146Joeri Stallaert (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
147Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol Team  
OTLYannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:20:44 
OTLLawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team  
OTLChristopher Juul Jensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
OTLLuke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
OTLAnton Vorobyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
OTLAlexander Serebryakov (Rus) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
OTLGregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale  
OTLNathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-Sharp  
OTLThomas Scully (NZl) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFThomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
DNFMartin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil-Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
DNFJonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank  
DNFJeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFChristian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling  
DNFGeraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling  
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep  
DNFViacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha Team  
DNFDavid Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Type 1 - Sanofi  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
DNFBiel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMichel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFMartijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFRamunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFJacob Rathe (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFRick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFCoen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
DNFJan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
DNFFrederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFRuben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFPablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
DNFAndy Cappelle (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFThomas Degand (Bel) Accent Jobs - Willems Veranda's  
DNFSébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
DNFBenoit Drujon (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNSChristian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team  


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