Soren Kragh Andersen wins Paris-Tours

Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won a revamped edition of Paris-Tours, triumphing with a late attack from an elite group after the seven hills and nine gravel sectors that made up the new finale.

On the famous Avenue de Grammont, Niki Terpstra (Quick Step Floors) beat Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale) in the sprint for second place 25 seconds later. The pair had been part of the elite trio that emerged in the final 30km.

After a fast start, it was a hectic race in the final 50km as the peloton split apart on the gravel roads and various groups went up the road. First Kragh Andersen, and then Terpstra went away with 30km to race, before Cosnefroy soloed across soon after.

Despite the best efforts of a strong chase group, containing Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) and Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) it became clear they would contest the podium positions, and then Kragh Andersen went for glory 10km out.

"I didn't really believe that this was possible," Kragh Andersen said after the finish. "I had some tough weeks after the Tour de France, but I was focused today and I really wanted it so i'm super happy with the outcome.

"It was really an awesome parcours - I really liked it. Some guys say it's dangerous but you also have to adapt. I loved it. I can almost not believe it but yeah it was the first classic win for me.

"I could only enjoy it when I was 100 metres from the line. It was a super hard last 10km but it was worth it."

How it unfolded

It was all change at Paris-Tours this year as one of the oldest races on the calendar received an overhaul. For the most part, the route remained fast and flat, heading south from Chartres towards Tours, but the finale was revamped.

Rather than the traditional Côtes de Crochu, Beau Soleil and l'Epan to test the sprinters and provide a springboard for late attacks, the final 60km twisted through vineyards, nine gravel path sectors and up seven hills. The traditional Avenue de Grammont finish would remain, but chances for sprinters at the 'Sprinter's Classic' were all but wiped out. 

In the early kilometres, a six-man breakaway got up the road. Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Énergie) was there in his final pro race. Joining the Frenchman were Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data), Thibault Guernalec (Fortuneo-Samsic), Dries de Bondt (Veranda's Willems-Crelan), Brian Van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Emiel Vermeulen (Roubaix Lille Métropole).

The six men had a six-minute advantage at one point, but after a fast first two hours, during which the average speed was 48.5km/h, the gap was under two minutes. As the peloton briefly split going through the feed zone, Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin), Tom Devriendt (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Johan Le Bon (Vital Concept) got away to join up with the breakaway, which was only a minute up the road.

By the time the nine-man break reached the first climb of the day, their advantage was back up to two minutes with 60km to race. Hitting the first gravel sector 10km later, the gap was down to 10 seconds.

With the pace high at the front, it was no surprise to see the peloton split into many different groups on the gravel. Up front, the Belgians De Bondt and Devriendt were the last men standing from the break but they were soon caught.

As punctures hit in the peloton, Kragh Andersen and Terpstra emerged as an elite lead duo, having briefly been up front in a six-man group a few kilometres earlier. Cosnefroy would soon make it a lead trio.

Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) and Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) set off in pursuit heading into the final 20km, with the chasing trio some 30 seconds back down the road.

The chase group couldn't close that gap, however. Kragh Andersen made his move with 10km to go, with no reaction from his companions. The Dane quickly pulled out a 20-second gap, leaving Terpstra and Cosnefroy to fight over the remaining podium places on the run-in.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb4:37:55
2Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick - Step Floors0:00:25
3Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Oliver Naesen (Bel) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:14
5Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 6 - Cell 2
8Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick - Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:24
10Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 9 - Cell 2
11Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:28
13José Gonçalves (Por) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 12 - Cell 2
14Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:01:55
15Damien Touze (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 14 - Cell 2
16Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:57
17Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:02:12
18Jhonnatan Narvaez (Ecu) Quick - Step Floors0:02:14
19Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:25
20Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 21 - Cell 2
23Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Clement Venturini (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:02:26
25Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 25 - Cell 2
27André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:04:02
28Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick - Step FloorsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 29 - Cell 2
31Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama - FdjRow 30 - Cell 2
32Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 31 - Cell 2
33Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 32 - Cell 2
34Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Dimension DataRow 33 - Cell 2
35Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 35 - Cell 2
37Patrick Müller (Swi) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 36 - Cell 2
38Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 37 - Cell 2
39Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 38 - Cell 2
40Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 39 - Cell 2
41Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 40 - Cell 2
42Dries Van Gestel (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 41 - Cell 2
43Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 42 - Cell 2
44Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 43 - Cell 2
45Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 44 - Cell 2
46Alo Jakin (Est) St Michel - Auber 93Row 45 - Cell 2
47Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Dimension DataRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lars Bak Ytting (Den) Lotto Soudal0:07:19
49Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 48 - Cell 2
50Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 49 - Cell 2
51Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 50 - Cell 2
52Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale0:07:21
53Julien Vermote (Bel) Team Dimension Data0:08:52
54Yoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 53 - Cell 2
55Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:10:16
56Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems - Crelan0:10:45
57Jan Willem Van Schip (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:10:56
58Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama - Fdj0:12:13
59Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 58 - Cell 2
60Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 59 - Cell 2
61Milan Menten (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 60 - Cell 2
62Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 61 - Cell 2
63Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 62 - Cell 2
64Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 63 - Cell 2
65Luuc Bugter (Ned) Delta Cycling RotterdamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 65 - Cell 2
67Connor Swift (GBr) Madison GenesisRow 66 - Cell 2
68August Jensen (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 67 - Cell 2
69Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 68 - Cell 2
70Dries De Bondt (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick - Step FloorsRow 72 - Cell 2
74Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 73 - Cell 2
75Senne Leysen (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 74 - Cell 2
76Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 75 - Cell 2
77Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 76 - Cell 2
78Julius Van Den Berg (Ned) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 77 - Cell 2
79Daniel Mclay (GBr) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 78 - Cell 2
80Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
81Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 80 - Cell 2
82Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick - Step FloorsRow 81 - Cell 2
83Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 82 - Cell 2
84Bram Welten (Ned) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 83 - Cell 2
85Julien Duval (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 84 - Cell 2
86Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 85 - Cell 2
87Maximilian Richard Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 86 - Cell 2
88Matti Breschel (Den) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Emiel Vermeulen (Bel) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:20:32
90Tony Martin (Ger) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 89 - Cell 2
91Pierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 91 - Cell 2
93Omer Goldsteiin (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 92 - Cell 2
94Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) LokosphinxRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Team Dimension DataRow 94 - Cell 2
96Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Team Dimension DataRow 95 - Cell 2
97Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 97 - Cell 2
99Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 98 - Cell 2
100Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 99 - Cell 2
101Florian Vachon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 100 - Cell 2
102Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 101 - Cell 2
103Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 102 - Cell 2
104Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Lotto Nl - JumboRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFKrists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFCamille Thominet (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFFlavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) St Michel - Auber 93Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFMikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFAritz Bagues Kalparsoro (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFDennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFSondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFJeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFJulen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFSteven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFMax Kanter (Ger) Development Team SunwebRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFTom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFClement Russo (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFAitor Gonzalez Prieto (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFClément Carisey (Fra) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFGotzon Udondo Santamaria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFSergio Samitier Samitier (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country - MuriasRow 128 - Cell 2
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 129 - Cell 2
DNFDries Devenyns (Bel) Quick - Step FloorsRow 130 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Ag2R La MondialeRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama - FdjRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFBernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Dimension DataRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFJenthe Biermans (Bel) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFElias Van Breussegem (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Steels (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Owen (USA) Team Ef Education First - Drapac P/B CannondaleRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFElmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFGatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFEvaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KtmRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFAlessandro Fedeli (Ita) Trevigiani Phonix - Hemus 1896Row 148 - Cell 2
DNFAmaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFPiet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Cycling ClubRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFStijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems - CrelanRow 152 - Cell 2
DNSTom Wirtgen (Lux) Ago - Aqua ServiceRow 153 - Cell 2
DNSMaxime Vantomme (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 154 - Cell 2
DNSLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 155 - Cell 2
DNSKenny Dehaes (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 156 - Cell 2
DNSKevyn Ista (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 157 - Cell 2
DNSLudovic Robeet (Bel) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 158 - Cell 2
DNSLukas Spengler (Swi) Wb Aqua Protect VeranclassicRow 159 - Cell 2

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