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October 13/13 16:48 pm - Paris-Tours: Degenkolb wins, Houile 35th

Posted by Editoress on 10/13/13

John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) has closed his season in style with a win in the 107th Paris-Tours Elite, his sixth victory of the season.

Four riders formed the break of the day: Julien Duval (Roubaix - Lille Métropole), Yannick Martinez (La Pomme Marseille), Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) and Sebastian Lander (BMC). Their advantage grew to more than 11 minutes, but the gap came down quickly when the sprint teams started to chase. Saramotins tried to stay away on his own at the end, but with 10 km to go he was reeled back into the bunch.

Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) attacked in the finale, taking Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Degenkolb with him. Then Arnaud Demare (, Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Michael Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Jetse Bol (Belkin) connected at the head of the race. When this group was caught by the larger bunch, Bol took his chance and rode solo into the final kilometer. He was unable to stay away, however, as sprinters’ teams were in full chase.

It was Degenkolb who managed the chaotic sprint in his favor to take the win. Morkov (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)) finished second and Demaré (FDJ) completed the podium.

“It’s really nice to finish the season like this,” said coach Christian Guiberteau. “Last year John just missed out on the win, but today was superb. He raced a really classy race. He was the top favorite, and that’s not an easy position to be in, but he was always in control in the finale and no one could stop him in the end.

“We had to control the break during the race. The boys did a fantastic job, and in the finale the team was there again at the right moment to support John. It was a very strong team performance, and John was obviously strong as well to be able to take the sprint like he did. Tours must be good luck for us-Marcel also won a stage here during the Tour de France this year.”

“It was a fast and hectic race,” said Degenkolb. “The situation was always changing. We had a good plan and I think we rode a smart race. There was always someone from our team in the important groups, and there was always someone to take responsibility for the chase.

“When everything came together and it was clear that we were heading for a bunch sprint, there was one rider from Belkin still off the front, and it was up to our team to bring him back. It was not easy, but the guys were really strong, and we did it and were ready to sprint.

“This is a big highlight in my career and it means a lot to me. I showed again that I can handle the one-day classics very well, and this is now the next step after the win in the Vattenfall Cyclassics Hamburg.

“Thanks to the team for their excellent support today. This was my last race of the season, and I can’t think of a better way to end the season.”

Press release


Hugo Houle (Ag2r La Mondiale) finished 35th in teh same time as the winner



Authon-du-Perche to Tours, 235 km
1 John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) 5:29:19
2 Michael Morkov (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
3 Arnaud Demare (
4 Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Sharp)
5 Michael van Staeyen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
6 Heinrich Haussler (IAM Cycling)
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r La Mondiale)
8 Jon Aberasturi (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
9 Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
10 Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
11 Romain Hardy (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
12 Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
13 Kenneth van Bilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
14 Lloyd Mondory (Ag2r La Mondiale)
15 Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
16 Peio Bilbao (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
17 Jay Robert Thomson (Mtn-Qhubeka)
18 Bram Tankink (Belkin Pro Cycling)
19 Romain Zingle (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
20 Graeme Brown (Belkin Pro Cycling)
21 Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
22 Julien Simon (Sojasun)
23 Gijs van Hoecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
24 Enrico Gasparotto (Astana Pro Team)
25 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha Team)
26 Kristof Goddaert (IAM Cycling)
27 Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Belisol)
28 Rudy Molard (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
29 Romain Lemarchand (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
30 Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team)
31 Yoann Offredo (
32 Clément Koretzky (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
33 Jean Luc Delpech (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
34 Christophe Premont (Crelan-Euphony)
35 Hugo Houle (Ag2r La Mondiale)
36 Martin Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
37 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
38 Pieter Jacobs (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
39 Stéphane Rossetto (Bigmat-Auber 93)
40 Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar)
41 Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun)
42 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
43 Jens Debusschere (Lotto-Belisol)
44 Laurent Pichon (
45 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
46 Guillaume Levarlet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
47 Pavel Brutt (Katusha Team)
48 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team)
49 Zico Waeytens (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
50 David Le Lay (Sojasun)
51 Evaldas Siskevicius (Sojasun)
52 Mickaël Delage (
53 Cyril Lemoine (Sojasun)
54 Geoffroy Lequatre (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
55 Jean Lou Paiani (Sojasun)
56 Arnaud Gerard (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
57 Anthony Geslin (
58 Maarten Wynants (Belkin Pro Cycling)
59 Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil-DCM)
60 Gaël Malacarne (Bretagne - Seche Environnement) all s.t.
61 Marco Bandiera (IAM Cycling) 0:08
62 Frantisek Rabon (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
63 Bert De Backer (Team Argos-Shimano)
64 Michael Schär (BMC Racing Team) all s.t.
65 Michel Kreder (Garmin - Sharp) 0:11
66 Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling)
67 Jetse Bol (Belkin Pro Cycling)
68 Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM)
69 Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin Pro Cycling)
70 Warren Barguil (Team Argos-Shimano) all s.t.
71 Jonas Aen Jorgensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) 0:13
72 Jelle Wallays (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) 0:15
73 Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Argos-Shimano) 0:17
74 Roy Curvers (Team Argos-Shimano) 0:29
75 Kevin Ista (IAM Cycling) 0:33
76 Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin Pro Cycling) 0:51
77 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Team Argos-Shimano) s.t.
78 Mathieu Drujon (Bigmat-Auber 93) 0:59
79 Julian Kern (Ag2r La Mondiale) 1:02
80 Yoann Paillot (Team La Pomme-Marseille) 1:13
81 Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team)
82 Maxim Razumov (Katusha Team)
83 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha Team)
84 Matthieu Boulo (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
85 Bertjan Lindeman (Vacansoleil-DCM)
86 Sébastien Hinault (IAM Cycling)
87 Renaud Dion (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
88 Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne - Seche Environnement)
89 Justin Jules (Team La Pomme-Marseille)
90 Rudy Kowalski (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
91 Stijn Steels (Crelan-Euphony)
92 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise)
93 José Goncalves (Team La Pomme-Marseille)
94 Anders Lund (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
95 Christopher Juul Jensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
96 Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM)
97 Jurgen Van Goolen (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
98 Frederic Brun (Ag2r La Mondiale)
99 Marko Kump (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
100 Angelo Tulik (Team Europcar) all s.t.
101 Stig Broeckx (Lotto-Belisol) 1:54
102 Christophe Laborie (Sojasun)
103 Davide Appollonio (Ag2r La Mondiale)
104 Gregory Habeaux (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
105 Kévin Lalouette (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
106 Johann Van Zyl (Mtn-Qhubeka)
107 Kris Boeckmans (Vacansoleil-DCM) all s.t.
108 Stéphane Poulhies (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) 1:58
109 Joshua Berry (Team La Pomme-Marseille) s.t.
110 James Vanlandschoot (Accent Jobs-Wanty) 2:19
111 Jakub Novak (BMC Racing Team)
112 Kristan Sbaragli (Mtn-Qhubeka)
113 Klaas Sys (Crelan-Euphony)
114 Benjamin Verraes (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
115 Loïc Desriac (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
116 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol)
117 Nicolas Vogondy (Accent Jobs-Wanty) all s.t.
118 Alexander Porsev (Katusha Team) 2:25
119 Koldo Fernandez (Garmin - Sharp) 3:16
120 Gediminas Bagdonas (Ag2r La Mondiale)
121 Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling)
122 Ignatas Konovalovas (Mtn-Qhubeka)
123 Martin Wesemann (Mtn-Qhubeka)
124 Marcel Aregger (IAM Cycling)
125 Robert Vrecer (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
126 Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha Team)
127 Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
128 Franz Claes (Crelan-Euphony)
129 Franck Vermeulen (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
130 Adrien Petit (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
131 Bryan Coquard (Team Europcar)
132 Stefan Van Dijk (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
133 Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol)
134 Gert Joeaar (Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
135 Martin Reimer (Mtn-Qhubeka)
136 Karsten Kroon (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)
137 Johan Van Summeren (Garmin - Sharp) all s.t.
138 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 3:55
139 Nikias Arndt (Team Argos-Shimano) 5:31
140 Florian Vachon (Bretagne - Seche Environnement) 5:54
141 Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana Pro Team) 6:17
142 Andrey Kashechkin (Astana Pro Team)
143 Alex Rasmussen (Garmin - Sharp)
144 Raymond Kreder (Garmin - Sharp)
145 Maxim Belkov (Katusha Team)
146 Benjamin Giraud (Team La Pomme-Marseille)
147 Julien Antomarchi (Team La Pomme-Marseille) all s.t.
148 Sébastien Chavanel (Team Europcar) 6:19
149 Benoît Vaugrenard (
150 Matthieu Ladagnous (
151 Morgan Kneisky (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
152 Maxime Le Montagner (Roubaix Lille Metropole)
153 Gaëtan Bille (Lotto-Belisol)
154 Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM)
155 Tim De Troyer (Accent Jobs-Wanty)
156 Yannick Martinez (Team La Pomme-Marseille)
157 Grégoire Tarride (Team La Pomme-Marseille)
158 Andrew Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
159 Steven Tronet (Bigmat-Auber 93)
160 Yannick Eijssen (BMC Racing Team)
161 Rick Flens (Belkin Pro Cycling)
162 Jonathan Hivert (Sojasun) all s.t.
163 Mads Christensen (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) 8:06
164 Sebastian Lander (BMC Racing Team)
165 Jonathan Breyne (Crelan-Euphony)
166 Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole) all s.t.
167 Vincent Jerome (Team Europcar) 8:09
168 Dominic Klemme (IAM Cycling) 8:53
169 Alexandre Billon (Bigmat-Auber 93) 9:05
170 Kevin Verwaest (Crelan-Euphony) s.t.
171 Romain Bacon (Bigmat-Auber 93) 10:08
172 Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-DCM)
173 Kenny De Haes (Lotto-Belisol)
174 Youcef Reguigui (Mtn-Qhubeka)
175 Julien Berard (Ag2r La Mondiale) all s.t.
176 Benoit Drujon (Bigmat-Auber 93) 14:33
DNF Martijn Maaskant (Garmin - Sharp)
DNF Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel - Euskadi)
DNF Tony Hurel (Team Europcar)
DNF Gerald Ciolek (Mtn-Qhubeka)
DNF Koen Barbe (Crelan-Euphony)
DNF Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin - Sharp)
DNF Théo Vimpere (Bigmat-Auber 93)
DNF Dmitriy Muravyev (Astana Pro Team)
DNF Fréderique Robert (Lotto-Belisol)
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Team Argos-Shimano)
DNF Bryan Nauleau (Team Europcar)
DNF Laurent Mangel (
DNF Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
DNF Sebastien Delfosse (Crelan-Euphony)
DNF Alexandre Pichot (Team Europcar)


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