photo credits @ ASO
Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-QuickStep) claimed victory in today’s Paris-Tours, after the Colombian rider delivered a well-timed attack during the final 500 meters that caught the rest of peloton off-guard and unable to close the gap.
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) put in an attack during the day’s only real climb. But, given the route’s mostly flat parcours, it wasn’t long before the Belgian rider was quickly reeled back in by the peloton.
From there, Katusha‘s Sergey Lagutin and Giant-Alpecin’s Bert de Backer, succeeded in riding clear during the final 15 kilometers.
Meanwhile, back in the peloton Team Cofidis was hard at work trying to keep their man Nacer Bouhanni in position to contest the inevitable sprint, as were Lotto-Soudal, IAM Cycling and Team Sky, who were busy ushering their respective sprinters into place as well.
With just 7 kilometers to go, the two escapees were eventually caught.
Heading to the final 1500 meters, Team Sky took control of the peloton from Cofidis, as the British team proceeded to lead-out its top sprinter, Elia Viviani.
However, the Italian rider began to fade during the final run-in to the finish, with Gaviria commencing his winning move along the opposite side of the road.
Indeed, Gaviria’s bold move served to catch the peloton by surprise, as the Etixx-QuickStep rider quickly opened up a 20 meter gap during the final straight – to cap-off his season with a seventh victory.
Top 25 Finishers
1 Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step 5:22:03
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
4 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx – Quick-Step
5 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie
6 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
7 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
8 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-BikeExchange
10 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
11 Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin
12 Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
13 Rudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille
14 Romain Feillu (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93
15 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
16 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
17 Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot – Oranje Peloton
18 Fabian Lienhard (Swi) BMC Racing Team
19 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
20 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team Katusha
21 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx – Quick-Step
22 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
23 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
24 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
25 Oliver Naesen (Bel) IAM Cycling
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