Team Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen displayed his dominance at Paris-Tours today, forcing a selection with 30 kilometres to go and later going solo to take the race win.
After the day’s six-man group was brought back to the bunch, Søren Kragh Andersen went on the attack with 30 kilometres to go taking only one rider with him. A frantic chase was launched in what remained of the bunch behind, with one rider joining him and another later making it three. Sitting comfortably in the three rider group, who continued to extend their lead over the chasing group where Team Sunweb also had Martijn Tusveld, Søren timed his race-winning move to perfection as he accelerated away from the break with 10 kilometres to go. After taking 2nd at the race last year, Søren adds the Paris-Tours victory to his palmares after a spectacular solo ride to the finish. Martijn finished strong in a chase group in 16th place.
Søren said: “I really wanted this win, but I didn’t believe it was possible. I was really focused on today so I’m super happy with the outcome. The parcours were awesome, I loved it. It’s my first classic-style win and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t stop to enjoy it until 100 metres to go, the last 10 kilometres were super hard but it was completely worth it. The kind of guys I’ve beat here is really awesome and I’m surprised I was able to do it. It really is the best of the best here so this win is crazy.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Our goal today was to go with Søren for a result and to focus on being together during the race ahead of the difficult moments. As a team we did a great race, we were together all of the time, communicated really well and brought Søren into a good position for him to attack. It was a very good performance from the team and an incredible ride from Søren to finish it off with a win like this.”