The final European race day of the season saw the team take on a difficult edition of Paris-Tours, with the main obstacles along the route being the hills and tricky gravel sections that littered the final quarter of the day. However, it would be the wind that instigated an exciting and constantly evolving final two and a half hours of racing.
An early breakaway was able to establish itself at the head of the race but the peloton kept them close, with their gap not increasing much further above five minutes. Heading towards the middle point of the race, the pace suddenly increased as the peloton turned away from a headwind into a crosswind and the peloton blew to pieces. Active at the front, the team were well represented by Asbjørn and Søren Kragh Andersen, Cees Bol, Roy Curvers and Max Walscheid in the front split.
With just under 70 kilometres to go, last year’s winner [Søren] Kragh Andersen attacked out of the group before he was quickly joined by one other rider. Extending their gap, as they hit the first climb and gravel section with 55 kilometres to go, Kragh Andersen went solo at the head of the race. Leading the peloton by around 40 seconds, eventual race winner Wallays launched an attack in an attempt to bridge to Kragh Andersen. However, disaster struck on the next gravel section as Kragh Andersen suffered a puncture and dropped back from the lead of the race.
Walscheid and Curvers did their best to position Bol in the chase group and the Dutchman fought hard as the climbs and gravel sections ticked by. As the numbers in the chasing group whittled down, Bol was still present at the front going into the last 20 kilometres but the relentless nature of the short and steep climbs would prove difficult. He dropped back but managed to return to the group after fighting hard before the final climb of the day with around 12 kilometres to go would see more riders push on once again. Coming into the finishing straight Bol would win the sprint from his group, ending the day with a respectable 15th place after a hard day in the saddle.
|1||WALLAYS Jelle||Lotto Soudal||5:34:20||200|
|2||TERPSTRA Niki||Team Total Direct Energie||0:29||150|
|3||NAESEN Oliver||AG2R La Mondiale||0:30||125|
|15||BOL Cees||Team Sunweb||1:43||10|
|34||WALSCHEID Max||Team Sunweb||4:14||3|
|38||CURVERS Roy||Team Sunweb||4:21||3|
|DNF||KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren||Team Sunweb||-||-|
|DNF||EEKHOFF Nils||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn||Team Sunweb||,,||-|
|DNF||SALMON Martin||Team Sunweb||,,||-|