Team Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen went with a late breakaway which made it to the line, securing the young dane a strong 2nd place at Paris-Tours.
The action at Paris-Tours got underway today with a 234.5 kilometre bumpy route from Brou to Tours. In a similar style to the U23 race, plenty of attacks were launched in the opening kilometres but it was at 25 kilometres before a 5-rider group opened up a significant lead. As their advantage stretched out to just under six minutes, the peloton began to organise their chase. With 33 kilometres the breakaway came within a minute of the peloton and Mike Teunissen seized the opportunity to go on the attack from the bunch.
After a brief stint just ahead of the field, Mike was reeled in by the bunch and the remaining breakaway riders remained within 30 seconds of the peloton until 10 kilometres to go, where the day’s last climb was positioned. As soon as the race came back together the pace was ramped up in the bunch and a six rider group edged clear, with Søren Kragh Andersen there for Team Sunweb. More accelerations from the leading group saw Søren go clear with two other riders. The trio opened up a 15 second gap over their pursvuiviants, a gap that they managed to hold until the line. As one of his companions opened out their sprint, Søren immediately followed and in an intense finale, he took 2nd place.
Søren said: “Today was a great day for the team. We had a plan which we completely followed and executed to perfection. I am really happy for the amazing support the boys gave me and they definitely made it possible for me to fight for the win. It’s a great feeling to end my season like this, and for the whole team. I’m already looking forward to coming back next year for a new season!”
Team Sunweb coach Arthur van Dongen said: “The team worked really well together throughout the day and everything that we had discussed upfront worked out well. The guys were in position where they needed to be on the important moments and we tried a few different cards throughout the day. In the end it was Søren in a move that made it to the line and he performed great. We can be really proud that we finish the European road season with a podium place.”