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2020 Paris-Tours (HC) Results

114th edition: Sunday, October 11, 2020

Paris-Tours podium history | 2019 edition | Course map & profile

Chartres - Tours, 213 km

Casper Pedersen

Casper Pedersen beats Benoit Cosnefroy to win the 114th Paris-Tours. Photo: G. Demouveaux

Weather at the finish city of Tours at 1:30 PM, local time: 14C (57F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the northwest at 14 km/hr (9 mph). There is a 20% chance of rain.

The race: 146 riders started at 12:44. There was one non-starter, Loic Vliegen (Circus-Wanty Gobert).

Here is the organizer's race summary:

Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) claimed his biggest success as a professional rider on Sunday as he dominated Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) in a 2-man sprint on the Avenue de Grammont. At 24 years old, he brings Denmark a 4th success in Paris-Tours, two years after his teammate Soren Kragh Andersen, who couldn’t defend his chances in the finale due to a crash. Cosnefroy lit up the race in the vineyard tracks but Pedersen held on and outsprinted him in the end. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Team Sunweb) finished 3rd from a small chasing group.

A 146-rider pack rolls out of Chartres with a tailwind to push them on the way to Tours. Evaldas Siskevicius (Nippo-Delko Provence), Elmar Reinders (Riwal Securitas), Petr Rikunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), Emiel Vermeulen (Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole), Sergio Martin (Caja Rural) and Mikel Aristi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) get away in the first kilometres of the race. The six attackers open a 3’ gap at km 19 before Soren Kragh Andersen’s Team Sunweb and Benoît Cosnefroy’s AG2R-La Mondiale start controlling the bunch.

The gap reaches a maximum of 4’10’’ but riders from AG2R-La Mondiale, Sunweb, Uno-X and B&B Hotels-Vital Concept put the hammer down after the feeding zone. The peloton splits in four groups and the gap to the breakaway is down to 1’30’’ with 100km to go. But the pace then drops and riders who were originally distanced come back. There are about 100 riders in the main group and the gap to the breakaway increases again: 2’30’’ with 96km to go, and back to 3’30’’ with 87km to go.

The Cosnefroy show
The tension runs high ahead of the first climb of the day, in Goguette, to be immediately followed by the first vineyard track, 50km from the finish. The gap gets down under 2’ and the 2018 winner Soren Kragh Andersen drops out of contention due to a crash ahead of the main challenges.

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) attacks in the first climb and the action is full on for the last 50km of racing through vineyards and over hills. Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale) attacks, again and again. Quentin Pacher (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept) and Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) are also on the move but they can’t keep up. Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb) is the only rider left with Cosnefroy as they face the fifth track, 28.5km away from the finish.

Pedersen rides to glory
Arkéa-Samsic and Riwal Securitas drive the bunch but the gap is up to 40’’ with 24km to go. Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) attacks from the bunch and four riders follow him: Joris Nieuwenhuis (Sunweb), Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Petr Vakoc (Alpecin-Fenix) and Romain Bardet. They trail by 30’’ with 12km to go.

The chasers move closer and closer: 13’’ with 6km to go. But Cosnefroy and Pedersen keep working together to make sure they sprint for victory on the Avenue de Grammont. The Dane rider leads the way and maintains a slight advantage on the line to claim the biggest victory in his young career. His teammate Nieuwenhuis dominates the sprint for 3rd with a delay of 30’’.

Complete results:

213 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.807 km/hr

1 CASPER PHILLIP PEDERSEN TEAM SUNWEB 4hr 51min 44sec
2 BENOIT COSNEFROY AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
3 JORIS NIEUWENHUIS TEAM SUNWEB @ 30sec
4 VALENTIN MADOUAS GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
5 WARREN BARGUIL ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
6 PETR VAKOC ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
7 ROMAIN BARDET AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
8 AUGUST JENSEN RIWAL SECURITAS 2' 11''
9 MAURITS LAMMERTINK CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT s.t.
10 RUDY MOLARD GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
11 EVALDAS SISKEVICIUS NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE s.t.
12 ALEXANDER KRIEGER ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
13 JONATHAN HIVERT TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
14 ELIOT LIETAER BINGOAL WB s.t.
15 MILAN MENTEN SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 2' 16''
16 ANTONIO ANGULO EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
17 ROMAIN CARDIS TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
18 NACER BOUHANNI ARKEA-SAMSIC 2' 18''
19 PIER ANDRE COTE RALLY CYCLING s.t.
20 BINIAM GIRMAY NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE s.t.
21 JÉRÉMY LEVEAU NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX s.t.
22 CLEMENT VENTURINI AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
23 LINDSAY DE VYLDER SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
24 MARTIJN BUDDING RIWAL SECURITAS s.t.
25 WESLEY KREDER CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT s.t.
26 CHARLES PLANET NOVO NORDISK s.t.
27 ANDERS SKAARSETH UNO-X PRO CYCLING s.t.
28 STEPAN KURIYANOV GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
29 MATHIJS PAASSCHENS BINGOAL WB s.t.
30 LUC WIRTGEN BINGOAL WB s.t.
31 ALEXANDRE GENIEZ AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
32 ROMAIN COMBAUD NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE s.t.
33 DRIES DE BONDT ALPECIN-FENIX 3' 50''
34 DUSAN RAJOVIC NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE s.t.
35 MARKUS HOELGAARD UNO-X PRO CYCLING s.t.
36 JON ABERASTURI CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
37 THIMO WILLEMS SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
38 DIMITRI PEYSKENS BINGOAL WB s.t.
39 EMMANUEL MORIN COFIDIS s.t.
40 QUENTIN PACHER B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT s.t.
41 EMIEL VERMEULEN NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX s.t.
42 TOBIAS MØRCH KONGSTAD RIWAL SECURITAS s.t.
43 ANTHONY ROUX GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
44 JOHAN LE BON B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT s.t.
45 LUCAS ERIKSSON RIWAL SECURITAS s.t.
46 MIKEL ARISTI EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
47 DIEGO LOPEZ EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
48 SCOTT THWAITES ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
49 PIM LIGTHART TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
50 TOM DERNIES NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX 3' 55''
51 ELMAR REINDERS RIWAL SECURITAS 4' 00''
52 ALESSANDRO FEDELI NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE 4' 02''
53 AIME DE GENDT CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT 4' 03''
54 BRYAN COQUARD B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT 6' 09''
55 QUENTIN JAUREGUI AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
56 COLIN JOYCE RALLY CYCLING 6' 28''
57 PETR RIKUNOV GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
58 MARCO CANOLA GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
59 SAM BRAND NOVO NORDISK 7' 28''
60 KRISTIAN SBARAGLI ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
61 DAVID GONZALEZ CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
62 CYRIL BARTHE B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT s.t.
63 EMIEL PLANCKAERT SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
64 MANUEL PEÑALVER BURGOS-BH s.t.
65 DZMITRY ZHYHUNOU EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
66 ALEXANDER MOLENAAR BURGOS-BH s.t.
67 CLÉMENT RUSSO ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
68 ISAAC CANTON SERRANO BURGOS-BH s.t.
69 ALEXANDAR RICHARDSON ALPECIN-FENIX s.t.
70 THOMAS BOUDAT ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
71 NIKLAS MÄRKL TEAM SUNWEB s.t.
72 DANIEL HOELGAARD UNO-X PRO CYCLING s.t.
73 KEVIN VAN MELSEN CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT s.t.
74 MATHIAS DE WITTE NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX s.t.
75 MAXIMILIEN PICOUX NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX s.t.
76 DONAVAN VINCENT GRONDIN ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
77 FLORIAN MAITRE TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
78 ANDREA PERON NOVO NORDISK s.t.
79 ORLUIS AULAR CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
80 PÉTER KUSZTOR NOVO NORDISK s.t.
81 BRIAN KAMSTRA NOVO NORDISK s.t.
82 ARVID DE KLEIJN RIWAL SECURITAS s.t.
83 KENNY DE KETELE SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE s.t.
84 BRAM WELTEN ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
85 KIM MAGNUSSON RIWAL SECURITAS s.t.
86 CONNOR SWIFT ARKEA-SAMSIC s.t.
87 PAUL OURSELIN TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
88 LORRENZO MANZIN TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE s.t.
89 TORJUS SLEEN UNO-X PRO CYCLING s.t.
90 TORSTEIN TRÆEN UNO-X PRO CYCLING s.t.
91 BRUNO ARMIRAIL GROUPAMA-FDJ s.t.
92 MAXIME CHEVALIER B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT s.t.
93 NICOLAS PRODHOMME COFIDIS s.t.
94 CYRIL GAUTIER B&B HOTELS-VITAL CONCEPT s.t.
95 PEIO GOIKOETXEA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI s.t.
96 JORDAN LEVASSEUR NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX s.t.
97 JOEL SUTER BINGOAL WB s.t.
98 ARJEN LIVYNS BINGOAL WB s.t.
99 FLAVIEN MAURELET ST MICHEL-AUBER 93 7' 34''
100 TONY HUREL ST MICHEL-AUBER 93 s.t.
101 SØREN KRAGH ANDERSEN TEAM SUNWEB 9' 25''
102 STEPHEN BASSETT RALLY CYCLING 10' 10''
103 SYVER WÆRSTED UNO-X PRO CYCLING 10' 20''
104 SERGIO ROMAN MARTIN CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
105 JULIEN TRARIEUX NIPPO-DELKO PROVENCE 12' 04''
106 NICKOLAS ZUKOWSKY RALLY CYCLING s.t.
107 KEVIN DELTOMBE SPORT VLAANDEREN-BALOISE 12' 59''
108 ANTOINE RAUGEL AG2R LA MONDIALE 13' 13''
109 SAMUEL LEROUX NATURA4EVER-ROUBAIX 15' 06''
110 VICTOR LAFAY COFIDIS s.t.
111 ALFDAN DE DECKER CIRCUS-WANTY GOBERT s.t.
112 JOONAS HENTTALA NOVO NORDISK 15' 06''
113 LARS SAUGSTAD UNO-X PRO CYCLING 15' 14''
114 ADRIEN GUILLONNET ST MICHEL-AUBER 93 16' 43''
115 LEON HEINSCHKE TEAM SUNWEB 18' 35''
116 MATTHEW GIBSON BURGOS-BH 20' 32''
117 CARLOS CANAL BURGOS-BH s.t.
118 VLADISLAV KULIKOV GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
119 VIACHESLAV KUZNETSOV GAZPROM-RUSVELO s.t.
120 JAUME SUREDA MOREY BURGOS-BH s.t.
121 ANGEL FUENTES BURGOS-BH s.t.
122 OIER LAZKANO LOPEZ CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA s.t.
123 SIMON VERGER AG2R LA MONDIALE s.t.
124 LOUIS LOUVET ST MICHEL-AUBER 93 s.t.

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