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Paris Tours 2016 Review
By Lorna Oct 10, 2016 10:55:13 AM Comments

Colombian Fernando Gaviria claimed the biggest win of his career to date with victory in the Paris Tours classic yesterday in France. Gaviria is well known already for his rapid acceleration and has already won some big races so far in his short career, but yesterday's result and the way in which he went about it makes this result even more special. Rather than wait for the final 200 metres as many pure sprinters do, Gaviria hit the front with approximately 600 metres to go and went for a long sprint. This move caught many of the more experienced riders out and once he had the gap there was no closing him down as he took the win on the Avenue de Grammont in the centre of Tours.

This years race was almost a prequel to next weekends World Championship Road Race in Doha, Qatar. Many of the best sprinters in the world took to the start line including Mark Cavendish, Tom Boonen, Caleb Ewan and Nacer Bouhanni to list a couple of the pre race favourites. Organisers this year amended the route slightly and removed a couple of final climbs, almost ensuring a bunch gallop at the end. The average speed of this years race was a huge 47kmh and assisted with a slight tailwind from the start, this shows just how fast and aggressive the race was.

Frances home rider Arnaud Demare of FDJ finished 2nd with Jonas Vangenechten of IAM Cycling 3rd. This rounded out the podium and for some teams, like IAM Cycling it also signalled the end of the road for them as they will not be continuing within professional cycling next year.

For many riders in this years race and especially the sprinters they will have next weeks World Championship Road Race in the back of their minds,  as they will have been honing their form here in the final outing before travelling to the middle east. My prediction for the World this year, as I've said before in my earlier entries is Britain's Mark Cavendish.

Please do share you predictions, thoughts and ideas with us here at Arrivée,

Until next time,

Safe riding,

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