Race report

Casper van Uden 14th as breakaway holds on to take win at Paris-Tours Espoirs

Paris-Tours Espoirs

Development Team Sunweb lined up for their last day of the season at Paris-Tours Espoirs today. Faced with a parcours that was back-loaded with climbs and gravel sections, it was set to be a tough day in the saddle. After a few attacks from the gun, the day’s breakaway managed to establish itself at the head of the race, building up quite a large lead over the peloton.

As the kilometres ticked by, the breakaway’s advantage started to fall slowly but after putting up a great fight they still held onto over four minutes with 35 kilometres to go. With four riders in the front group, the team helped to contribute to the pace and were involved in any dangerous counter attack. However, one solo rider held on to take the win on the day, crossing the line a few seconds ahead of the peloton. In the bunch sprint for the podium spots the team lost each other a little on the run in, with Casper van Uden first across the line in 14th place for Development Team Sunweb.

“It was a stressful ride today with all of the climbs and gravel sections in the finale,” explained van Uden after the stage. “As a team we did a perfect job, we were in the front the whole race as a strong block. In the end we didn’t get the result we wanted and came here for but we learnt a lot and as a team we did a great job.”

Team Sunweb coach Bennie Lambregts added: “The guys did a really good job of riding in the front today but unfortunately Enzo had to abandon the race after a crash in the bunch. When the gravel sectors started, there were some more breaks and chasing groups. Everyone from the front of the race dropped but one rider stayed out front and he held on to win the race. We did a really good job on the gravel sectors to stay together, riding really well as a block. Coming into the finale it was a close finish, where we missed a little bit of communication in the sprint and Casper came 14th. That’s something we can develop but for the rest of the race we rode really well together in the front of the peloton, and we can be happy overall with how we performed.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 HERREGODTS Rune Home Solution-Soenens 4:13:14 30
2 MEEUS Jordi SEG Racing Academy 0:02 25
3 DAUPHIN Florian Sojasun espoir - ACNC ,, 20