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11. Oktober 2013, 13:31


Speculation is rife about how the 107th edition of Paris-Tours is going to play out. Whether it comes from a sprint or a decisive attack, the victory will be broadcast in 190 countries.

Paris, 11.10.13 Red. (mk) 4 OUT OF 16 FOR THE SPRINTERS

Avenue de Grammont is one of the hallowed names in sprinter lore, a status it earned after witnessing an almost unbroken series of mass sprints at the end of Paris–Tours. However, the race has eluded the fast men ever since Óscar Freire won it in 2010, while a quick glance at the history books shows that pure sprinters only prevailed in 4 out of the 16 most recent editions. In fact, the race often comes down to a struggle between the sprinters' teams and either the leftovers from a long breakaway or attackers who use the last difficulties (Côte de Crochu, Côte de l'Epan, etc.) as a springboard. The most numerous are not always the strongest, in this type of scenario! Marco Marcato and Greg Van Avermaet managed to keep the peloton at bay in the last two editions, just like Philippe Gilbert, Frédéric Guesdon and Erik Dekker before them. The many riders seeking to repeat the exploit this year will have to hold off the likes of Démare, Degenkolb, Ciolek and Coquard.


The final race of the season is also one of the highlights of the year for those under 23. It was in Paris–Tours Espoirs that Thor Hushovd and Tom Boonen broke through at the turn of the century, just like Tony Gallopin in a more recent edition. Warren Barguil already leapt into the spotlight last year with a second place finish behind Taruia Krainer, who will be defending his title this weekend. Several challengers, including Adam Yates (runner-up in the recent Tour de l'Avenir), Julian Alaphilippe (winner of the stage to Plateau des Glières) and Cédric Delaplace (French amateur champion), will fight to succeed him.


This year, the last classic of the season will receive top-notch media coverage all over the world. The interest of the continental chains ESPN Inter (South America) and Al-Jazeera Sport (Middle East) boosts the media exposure of Paris–Tours from 151 to 190 countries, with a total of 23 broadcasters involved. Coverage will include 1 h 50 of images provided to the channels and will go live on France Télévisions at 1:55 pm, as well as Eurosport, RTBF (Belgium), TV2 (Denmark), Teledeporte (Spain), Rai Sports (Italy) and many others.

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