Trentin victorious in Paris-Tours

Final race with Quick-Step Floors for Italian

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his second Paris-Tours victory in three years, out-gunning Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) in a dramatic finale. Niki Terpstra crossed the line in third to give the Belgian team two riders on the podium.

Quick-Step Floors had pre-race favourite and defending champion Fernando Gaviria in the pack, but they had to think quickly when the Colombian was felled on a slick corner. Gaviria made it back to the tail end of the peloton, but it was clear that he was not going to get back to the front for the sprint. Taking his opportunity, Trentin attacked on the Côte de Beau Soleil and blew the peloton apart.

The Italian initially took other sprinters such as BMC's Jempy Drucker with him, as others scrambled to catch up. An increase in pace soon left Trentin with just Kragh Andersen for company, before Terpstra managed to clear the gap. Terpstra had been one of the last riders to make the initial split, after toiling across the gap, but this time his teammate eased the pace to allow him to get across.

Quick-Step made good use of their numeric advantage, putting Terpstra at the front to take the brunt of the work. After a few tactical discussions, the chasers were visible back down the road, but the Belgian squad had time to execute their move perfectly. Trentin was first to strike out and Kragh Andersen was quick onto his wheel, but the Sunweb rider could do nothing to get past the charging Italian. It was the perfect way to close Trentin's career with Quick-Step Floors as he sets sail for Orica-Scott over the winter.

"I did what I did two years ago when I won. Of course, it was a bit different. We were in a big bunch and there weren't echelons here today. You know, with the light rain, the wet, and the course that was designed a bit different, it was a bit more technical in the approach to the climb," said Trentin. "I saw that the bunch was straight and people were making big efforts to stay in the front so I decided to give it a go.

"The first group formed and then with the second one I saw we were two and then I saw Niki so I decided to wait and then we worked perfectly together. He really made a perfect lead-out together. That's my way to finish the season and to thanks the team for these last seven year. I said it this morning in Instagram that the best way to end this chapter was winning and I did it and it's a nice feeling."

The day was marked by a five-man breakaway that moved clear in the opening kilometres. Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Michael Goolaerts (Verandas Willems Crelan), Lawrence Naesen (WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect), Stephan Poulhies (Armee de Terre) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij) were the riders to go up the road. They built up a lead of over four minutes before the peloton cut them down to closer to three minutes.

With Gaviria in their line-up, the other teams were more than happy to allow Quick-Step Floors set the pace on the front of the bunch with Iljo Keisse spending most of the race on the front. It was only as the race reached the final 70 kilometres that teams really began to pitch in and help them.

At just over 30 kilometres remaining, the pace began to show in the leading group as riders were dropped one by one. Poulhies was the first to go and Goolaerts wasn't too far behind after he went too deep on a corner as the rain began to fall. Naesen looked the strongest as he dug in and dropped Comboud soon after. He and Van Goethem held on a few more kilometres but it was clear that they were not going to stay out there and with 20 kilometres remaining the gap was only 20 seconds.

The race appeared to be heading inexorably towards a sprint finish until Gaviria slid out going around a right-hand bend. He was quick to get up, but it took time to sort his bike out and it left him with plenty of ground to make up just as the race was really ramping up. AG2R La Mondiale was not about to wait for the defending champion and they put the hammer down, leaving Gaviria stuck at the back of the bunch without the power or energy to get back to the front.

The final nail for Gaviria was the Côte de Beau Soleil when Trentin decided to make his move. He could be seen slipping back with only Zdenek Stybar for company as several members of his team shot up the road after Trentin. The gaps were never too large, but it was enough for Quick-Step to make it their third straight victory at the sprinters' Classic, with Trentin taking his second. Max Richeze and Yves Lampaert made it four riders in the top 10 for the Belgian team, while Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) took fourth place by winning the sprint from the chase group.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors5:22:51 
2Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
3Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:00:01 
4André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:07 
5Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors  
6Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
8Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
9Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
10Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team  
11Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
12Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
13Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:10 
14Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ0:00:12 
15Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:14 
16Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:22 
17Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
18Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ0:00:28 
19Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
20Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
21Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb  
22Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
23Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
24Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin  
25Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
26Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:32 
27Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:45 
28Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors  
29Timothy Dupont (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
30Roy Jans (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
31Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
32Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
33Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
34Floris Gerts (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
35Damien Touze (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
36Pierre Gouault (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
37Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
38Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
39Brecht Dhaene (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
40Maxime Vantomme (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
41Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
42Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Emils Liepins (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
44Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
45Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Lionel Taminiaux (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
47Piotr Havik (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
48Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
50Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
51David Menut (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
52Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
53Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team  
54Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
56Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data  
57Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilul (Eri) Dimension Data  
58Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
59Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
60Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
61Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
62Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
63Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
64Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
65Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
66Aime De Gendt (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
67Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
68Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
69Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:59 
70Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
71Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:01:07 
72Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:01:32 
73Jarl Salomein (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:01:36 
74Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
75Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
76Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre0:01:38 
77Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armee de Terre0:02:06 
78Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
79Romain Le Roux (Fra) Armee de Terre  
80Alan Riou (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
81Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
82Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:09 
83Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport0:02:20 
84Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport  
85Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:02:22 
86Arjen Livyns (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
87Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
88Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
89Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
90Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
91Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
92Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
93Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
94Bram Welten (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
95Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
96Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
97Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
98Romain Guillemois (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:41 
99Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
100Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
101Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
102Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
103Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:13 
104Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:25 
105Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
106Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
107Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
108Léo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
109Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
110Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
111Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
112Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
113Dimitri Peyskens (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
114Joeri Calleeuw (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
115Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport  
116Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ  
117Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ  
118Dylan Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
119Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
120Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
121Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
122Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
123Kevyn Ista (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
124Marco Mathis (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
125Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
126Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
127Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise  
128Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data  
129Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
130Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
131Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
132Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport  
133Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data  
134Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
135Lawrence Naesen (Bel) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  
136Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
137Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
138Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
139Sander Cordeel (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
140Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
141Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
142Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
143Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb  
144Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:50 
145Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
146Romain Feillu (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
147Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data  
148Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
149Thibault Ferasse (Fra) Armee de Terre  
150Bryan Alaphilippe (Fra) Armee de Terre  
151Damien Gaudin (Fra) Armee de Terre  
152Thomas Rostollan (Fra) Armee de Terre  
153Nicolas Vereecken (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
154Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
155Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
156Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
157Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport  
158Andrew Fenn (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:07:00 
159Alo Jakin (Est) HP BTP - Auber 93  
160Michael Goolaerts (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan  
161Nicolas Baldo (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
162Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro0:12:54 
163Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
164Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro  
165Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
166Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) HP BTP - Auber 93  
167Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre0:19:34 
DNFNathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFClement Orceau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAlex Kirsch (Lux) WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect  

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