The cycling season is winding down but until today two of the big fall classics were still yet to be decided. Today, the 230km Paris-Tours, the sprinters fall classic, ran for the 105th edition from Voves outside of Paris to the Avenue du Grammont in Tours. Greg Van Avermaet came away with the win after joining and inspired break launched with 10km to go by Marco Marcato, who finished second.
The race had significant hype all week as there was much talk of Gilbert’s dominance this season, Cavendish riding in the world Champions stripes, or Freire pulling off one of his late second surprise dashes to the line. However, the most noted names in the peloton weren’t very active on the day and it was the youth who took the race by the horns and provided the action. Next week is Lombardia, the climbers fall classic, and one of the five monuments, which closes the 2011 season.
2011 Paris-Tours Top Ten
1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)__________5h21’43”
2. Marco Marcato (VacanSoleil)______+3″
3. Kasper Klostergaard (Saxo Bank)__+15″
4. Ian Stannard (Sky)
5. Laszlo Bodrogi (Team Type 1)
6. Mickaël Delage (FDJ)_____________+22″
7. Geoffroy Lequatre (Radioshack)
8. Stuart O’Grady (Leopard)
9. Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano)
10. Arnaud Gerard (FDJ)