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Paris - Tours

Bonjour everybody and thanks for joining the coverage of the 2018 edition of Paris Tours. A classic that famously ends up either in a bunch sprint or a late attack. Though cycling can be unpredictable at times. So we'll only know what will happen in four to five hours.

Today's top favourites according to an algorythm are pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Guarnieri, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Van Heerden and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ccr.png Colbrelli, while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ccr.png Kluge and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Ratto are named as two riders who may potentially have a trick up their sleeves near the end of the race.


And as we start the race, we immediately get an attack of six riders who aren't scared of being in a very, very long break:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ada.png Matte
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bnz.png Reddish
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bdb.png Camargo
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_spr.png Ahmad Zamri
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_api.png Bonnamour
and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Bain.


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ccr.png Salas however doesn't like this break and single-handedly clears the gap.

It's pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_spr.png Ahmad Zamri
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_api.png Bonnamour
and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bnz.png Reddish.


Three of them try again however and seem to be more successful this time. Two minutes for them in the blink of an eye!


Yep, this will be the break of the day. 3'34 with '204 kilometers to go. GCN and ENI-MOL are trying to control the pack. Evenpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Pinot is relaying!


50 kilometers later we can see Valio is joining the chase. 5 minutes for the leaders now. Should be controllable, but you never know.


With 40 kilometers and 3 minutes to the leaders, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ofr.png Quintero decides to attack from the bunch! As the famous announcer says, there's not much sense to it, but at least he gets a mention!

He gets reeled in two kilometers later.


Another attack follows. This time, it's pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_sct.png Zhupa and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bdb.png Losch trying the unthinkable.

Breakaway – 1'04 – Zhupa and Losch – '38 – Peloton.


Same fate for this two brave guys, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Mollema reels them back in.

This does mean the breakaway only has 30 seconds left, so once they get back into the peloton, the real finale may start!


And indeed. Although it took the peloton a bit longer than expected (there are 18 kilometers left), the peloton re-uniting immediately sparked an attack by a dangerous baroudeur. It's pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Quicibal who tries to make a gap. Can he do it?


The answer is no. He had a maximum of 15 seconds, but this time pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Markus got him back into the pack. Rothaus has been very active near the front so far, that's for sure.


We've now reached the top of the final climb, in which pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Pinot kept such a high pace that not a single rider tried an attack. It's starting to look more and more like we're going to get a traditional bunch sprint!


Okay, maybe not? As sprint trains are being formed, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Kangangi is giving it one more go for Equinor!


It doesn't look like he can gain much time, however. The same counts for pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ada.png Yzeiraj, who doesn't even reach the front of the pack.

Time to take a look at the sprinters' positioning then:

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Kangangi
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png McLay
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Haddi
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Keukeleirepcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ada.png Yzeiraj
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cpl.png Matthews
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Guarnieripcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Markus
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Wippertpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Krasnov
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bdb.png Kingpcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Coutinhopcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Vanoverschelde
pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Van Heerden

While pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_teb.png Nizzolo, pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ccr.png Colbrelli and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_vad.png Manninen seem to be fighting for Van Heerden's wheel.

All other sprinters like pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_sct.png Guillén and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Modolo are very far back and need to move up quickly if they want to have a shot at winning today.


3 kilometers to go. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_epc.png Kangangi is still slightly ahead while pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_ada.png Yzeiraj also made his way through the trains. GCN's train seems to be the best one today. They have put pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Keukeleire into winning position, though everything is far from over!


2 kilometers. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Haddi is now the one leading out pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Keukeleire. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cpl.png Matthews and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Guarnieri have his wheel and are looking to benefit from his train!


Under the red kite, we can see that Haddi is still up front but Krasnov, as well as Coutinho and Van Heerden are trying to pass him on the left of this picture! Keukeleire, as well as Matthews and Guarnieri, now have to make a move fast or they will get stuck!


500 metres and beleive it or not, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Krasnov currently has the best papers to win it! pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Coutinho is behind him and might benefit if he cracks.

Behind them ,it's full party mode: Guarnieri and Matthews decided they couldn't wait for Keukeleire and passed him, though Keukeleir is now finally startng to sprint too. Vanoverschelde and Nizzolo on the left are also going fast. Manninen is behind them. I certainly can't predict a winner yet.


200 metres left. Krasnov and Coutinho are still ahead, but riders behind them are going much faster. Van Heerden and Guarnieri have the best papers to pass them in the nick of time. Though Vanoverschelde, Nizzolo and Manninen on the right can also still step up the podium! It's so close!

Keukeleire and Matthews ran out of steam, though. This won't please their managers.


But it's pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Leonid Krasnov who wins the 2018 edition of Paris-Tours!!! Though holy... He did make it scary by cheering before the finish line, as pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_del.png Guarnieri almost Zabel'd him. Still, he should be okay with second here.

What a stunt, a leadout rider staying ahead until the very end... This race will be talked about for a long time!


pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Vanoverschelde completes ENI-MOL's party and finishes third! Hopefully he'll be okay with a teammate winning, too.

This will certainly cause ENI-MOL to go ape! Ha, get it? Animal? Ape? Ugh.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Van Heerden just didn't have the energy left and finishes fourth. Which would've been fine for him already, but pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_rot.png Coutinho's seventh place should certainly make his team even more pleased.

pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_teb.png Nizzolo and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_vad.png Manninen did around as expected and finished fifth and sixth. pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_gcn.png Keukeleire couldn't finish the great job his team did for him and has to settle with 8th.


Quite far behind (I almost thought of a gap!), pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_cpl.png Matthews and pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_bdb.png King complete the top 10. Good for King, meh for Matthews.


Some riders who certainly couldn't meet up with expectations are Kluge (11th), Colbrelli (12th), Modolo (27th), Carsi (64th) and Guillén (71th). For the latter two, ste final climbs were just too hard for them to sprint. But that certainly won't be an excuse for Modolo.


And let's finish off with pcmdaily.com/images/mg/2018/Micro/mg18_emo.png Leonid Krasnov celebrating his victory. A true sign that being a good leadout can be worth a lot. Even more than a good sprinter in this case!

So yes, we did end up with a bunch sprint, but it was a very interesting one. We hope you have joined the coverage of the 2018 edition of Paris-Tours, and would love to see you back for more races on the calendar. Cya!


1Leonid KrasnovENI-MOL5h05'12
2Jacopo GuarnieriDelvauxs.t.
3Kobe VanoverscheldeENI-MOLs.t.
4Juan Van HeerdenRothaus - Aegons.t.
5Giacomo NizzoloTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
6Matti ManninenValio - DeLavals.t.
7Lionel CoutinhoRothaus - Aegons.t.
8Jens KeukeleireGCN ProTeams.t.
9Michael MatthewsCompal-Meridas.t.
10Ben KingBanco de Bogotas.t.
11Roger KlugeTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
12Sonny ColbrelliTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
13Dan McLayGCN ProTeams.t.
14Boy Van PoppelOberfrankens.t.
15Adel BarbariOberfrankens.t.
16Soufiane HaddiGCN ProTeams.t.
17Krisztian LovassyENI-MOLs.t.
18Lars Van der HaarDelvauxs.t.
19Jempy DruckerCampari - Super Drys.t.
20Suleiman KangangiEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
21Marildo YzeirajAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
22Patrik TyborCompal-Meridas.t.
23Eugert ZhupaSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
24Maris BogdanovicsCampari - Super Drys.t.
25Kim MagnussonTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
26Csaba PalyiBanco de Bogotas.t.
27Sascha ModoloEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
28Gasper KatrasnikEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
29Jake KeoughOberfrankens.t.
30Gediminas KaupasDK Zalgiriss.t.
31Martin MahdarCompal-Meridas.t.
32Thibaut PinotGCN ProTeams.t.
33Marvin Orlando AngaritaBanco de Bogotas.t.
34Benedikt MundleSauber Petronas Racings.t.
35Daniele RattoEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
36Wouter WippertRothaus - Aegons.t.
37Barry MarkusRothaus - Aegons.t.
38David VeilleuxTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
39Stanislav ZaralievAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
40Mateo FrankovicSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
41Ermin Van WykOberfrankens.t.
42Romeo QuicibalEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
43Hussein ManfredDK Zalgiriss.t.
44Matti BreschelCompal-Meridas.t.
45Zisis SouliousOberfrankens.t.
46Romain HardyEddie Stobarts.t.
47Mikiel HabtomEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
48Gregory HugentoblerSauber Petronas Racings.t.
49Jonas VangenechtenTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
50Carlos QuinteroOberfrankens.t.
51Michel KrederDelvauxs.t.
52Ole HaavardsholmCompal-Meridas.t.
53Tom MeeusenTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
54Syver WaerstedEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
55Miguel Angel LopezDK Zalgiriss.t.
56Julian David ArredondoBanco de Bogotas.t.
57Federico RocchettiCampari - Super Drys.t.
58Leszek PlucinskiBanco de Bogotas.t.
59Roman KreuzigerDK Zalgiriss.t.
60Marco ZanottiCampari - Super Drys.t.
61Arnaud GrandSauber Petronas Racings.t.
62Eduardo ColonCampari - Super Drys.t.
63Oliver NaesenAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
64Mustafa CarsiBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
65Miha PoljanecSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
66Evert VerbistDelvauxs.t.
67Francisco LascaCampari - Super Drys.t.
68Ralf MatzkaBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
69Mihkel RäimTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
70Egidijus JuodvalkisDK Zalgiriss.t.
71Marco GuillénSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
72Jose Luis CanoTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
73Christoph TaubelSauber Petronas Racings.t.
74Mantas BlekeviciusDK Zalgiriss.t.
75Filippo RocchettiCampari - Super Drys.t.
76Pavel PotockiGCN ProTeams.t.
77Kevin EeckhoutAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
78Salvador Moreno HernandezEddie Stobarts.t.
79Abel KenyeresENI-MOLs.t.
80Jonas GregaardENI-MOLs.t.
81Rob PartridgeEddie Stobarts.t.
82Alvaro HodegDelvauxs.t.
83Emils LiepinsValio - DeLavals.t.
84Enzo WoutersDelvauxs.t.
85Masatoshi ObaAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
86Neil Van der PloegEddie Stobarts.t.
87Songezo JimTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
88Husain Al BasriControl Teams.t.
89Davide BalleriniDK Zalgiriss.t.
90Omer GoldsteinAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
91Izidor PenkoSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
92Dmitri MedvedevEddie Stobarts.t.
93Kristoffer HalvorsenRothaus - Aegons.t.
94Marco MinnardRothaus - Aegons.t.
95Shaun LewisEddie Stobarts.t.
96Ryan GibbonsGCN ProTeams.t.
97Oumaru MinoungouGCN ProTeams.t.
98Vladimiras KokorevasDK Zalgiriss.t.
99Michal KukrleAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
100Bryan SalasTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
101Valentin StoenchevAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
102Zachary HughesAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
103Stefan HristovAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
104Carlos BaltazarAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
105Valerio AgnoliEddie Stobarts.t.
106Max LoschBanco de Bogotas.t.
107Rui OliveiraSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
108Vincenzo AlbaneseCampari - Super Drys.t.
109Charles MatteAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
110Troels VintherValio - DeLavals.t.
111Cristian CominelliTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
112Enzo MoyanoBanco de Bogotas.t.
113Erdenebayar DaspuntsagBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
114Mujtaba HusseinGCN ProTeams.t.
115Alain QuispeEquinor Pro Cyclings.t.
116Daniel RuizENI-MOLs.t.
117Nikolay MihaylovAdastra - Argon 18s.t.
118Muhamma Afif Ahmad ZamriSauber Petronas Racings.t.
119Miles OlmanSauber Petronas Racing+ 3'12
120Fabian CancellaraSauber Petronas Racings.t.
121Ole HirschleinAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
122Nick BainRothaus - Aegons.t.
123Uladzimir HarakhavikCompal-Meridas.t.
124Sandor SzalontayENI-MOL+ 3'39
125Sabelo MngometuluControl Teams.t.
126Aleksi HänninenValio - DeLavals.t.
127Dragan JasovicControl Teams.t.
128Aviv YechezkelValio - DeLaval+ 4'16
129Kristian AasvoldValio - DeLavals.t.
130Kari BrynjolfssonValio - DeLavals.t.
131Romain FeilluDelvauxs.t.
132Marc MachadoENI-MOLs.t.
133Risto AaltioValio - DeLavals.t.
134Bauke MollemaRothaus - Aegons.t.
135Sandis EislersOberfrankens.t.
136Fabien GrellierDelvauxs.t.
137Kiel ReijnenTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
138Steele Von HoffBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
139Constantinos ThymidesSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
140Luka MezgecSwisslion Cycling Teams.t.
141Igor BoevTelia-Brussels Airliness.t.
142Jonathan CamargoBanco de Bogotas.t.
143Narankhuu BaterdeneBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
144Luke MudgwayBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
145Miguel AfonsoAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
146Marc GasaTeam Cerveceria Costa Ricas.t.
147Maximilian BeyerOberfranken+ 5'18
148Federico OleiSauber Petronas Racings.t.
149Campbell FlakemoreBNZ Cycling Teams.t.
150Franck BonnamourAndorra Project - InGambas.t.
151James CurryEddie Stobart+ 5'50
152Nick ReddishBNZ Cycling Team+ 8'42
153Nikola LefkovTeam Cerveceria Costa Rica+ 10'36

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