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2016 Paris-Bourges (1.1), France

66th edition: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Paris-Bourges podium history | 2015 edition | 2017 edition | Course map and profile |

Gien - Bourges, 193.7 km (Gien is about 65 kilometers south of Paris)

2016 Paris-Bourges finish

It was a photo-finish. Sam Bennett (top) just beat Alexander Porsev (bottom, in red kit)

The Race: Here's the story from winner Sam Bennett's Bora-Argon 18 team:

After taking the second stage of the Giro della Toscana about a week ago, Sam Bennett had to skip some races due to a bronchitis. A fall back in his build up to the World Championships in Doha. But today he came back with an impressive win straight away.

The 66th edition of Paris-Bourges was 190k long between Gien and Bourges. The course is hilly but also known for tricky crosswind sections. Still, like Paris-Tours, it is a race for the sprinters.

From the beginning Cofidis made clear that they wanted the race to fininsh in a bunch sprint for their fast man N. Bouhanni. Nevertheless, a five men break - Jauregui (AG2R), Gesbert (Fortunéo), Helven (Topsport), Centrone (Differdange) und Iversen (Giant U23) – was allowed to go clear from the peloton. But the bunch never let them extend their lead to more than 4 minutes.

Also BORA – ARGON 18 worked on the front of the peloton to position Sam Bennett well, which did pay off when already with more than 100k to go the peloton split in two. While also the breakaway group split up with 40k to go, the peloton was also further reduced at the same time.

After the remaining two breakaway riders Jauregui (AG2R) and Gesbert (Fortunéo) were caught, everything was setup for a bunch sprint out of about 60 riders. BORA – ARGON 18 was still present in this group also with Zak Dempster and Scott Thwaites, so Sam Bennett had his key lead-out riders still with him. This proved to be the key to success and Sam Bennett repeated his victory from last year after a photo finish against A. Porsev (Katusha).

“It was really a hard race today. I was sick for 6 days and after the start of the race I didn’t feel good. But I knew it would be like that today and I also knew the course from last year, so we were always up front when the crosswind did play a role. Silvio (Herklotz) and Pfingsti (C. Pfingsten) really worked a lot throughout the day for me. In the end I still had Zak (Dempster) and Scott (Thwaites) who did a perfect job as well. Two corners before the finish I was at the wheel of Bouhanni. Coquard was also there and tried to push him a little, both had to break then and I came around them outside. On the home straight a waited really long before I pushed hard. In the end I just got Prosev be a few millimetres. I did not expect that at all today, therefore it is even more satisfying now.” – Sam Bennett

Complete Results:

193.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.668 km/hr

1 Sam Bennett Bora-Argon 18 4hr 38min 55sec
2 Alexander Porsev Katusha s.t.
3 Rudy Barbier Roubaix Metropole s.t.
4 Marc Sarreau FDJ s.t.
5 Jacopo Guarnieri Katusha s.t.
6 Christophe Laporte Cofidis s.t.
7 Romain Feillu HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
8 Samuel Dumoulin Ag2r s.t.
9 Kristian Sbaragli Dimension Data s.t.
10 Roy Jans Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
11 Alo Jakin HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
12 Marco Tizza D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
13 Dries Van Gestel Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
14 Aimé De Gendt Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
15 Pierre-Luc Périchon Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
16 Ryan Gibbons Dimension Data s.t.
17 Martijn Tusveld Rabobank Development s.t.
18 Quentin Pacher Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
19 Pierre Gouault HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
20 Antoine Duchesne Direct Energie s.t.
21 François Bidard Ag2r s.t.
22 Jimmy Raibaud Armée de Terre s.t.
23 Thibault Ferasse Armée de Terre s.t.
24 Guillaume Levarlet HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
25 Silvio Herklotz Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
26 Benjamin Thomas Armée de Terre s.t.
27 Jimmy Turgis Roubaix Metropole s.t.
28 Axel Domont Ag2r s.t.
29 Sylvain Chavanel Direct Energie s.t.
30 Marco Haller Katusha s.t.
31 Matthieu Ladagnous FDJ s.t.
32 Nacer Bouhanni Cofidis s.t.
33 Eliot Lietaer Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
34 Floris De Tier Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
35 Devid Tintori Differdange Losch s.t.
36 Thierry Hupond Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
37 Cédric Pineau FDJ s.t.
38 Guillaume Martin Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
39 Flavien Dassonville HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
40 Fabien Doubey FDJ s.t.
41 Scott Thwaites Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
42 Zakkari Dempster Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
43 Romain Combaud Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
44 Stéphane Poulhiès Armée de Terre s.t.
45 Thomas Degand Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
46 Thomas Deruette Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
47 Jérémy Leveau Roubaix Metropole s.t.
48 Geoffrey Soupe Cofidis s.t.
49 Yann Guyot Armée de Terre s.t.
50 Frederik Veuchelen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
51 Youcef Reguigui Dimension Data @ 13sec
52 Julien Antomarchi Roubaix Metropole s.t.
53 Ivan Centrone Differdange Losch s.t.
54 Bryan Coquard Direct Energie s.t.
55 Benoît Vaugrenard FDJ s.t.
56 Frederik Backaert Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
57 Elie Gesbert Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
58 Sergey Lagutin Katusha @ 22sec
59 Maxim Belkov Katusha s.t.
60 Nico Denz Ag2r +26''
61 Adrien Niyonshuti Dimension Data s.t.
62 Kévin Ledanois Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
63 Sébastien Minard Ag2r s.t.
64 Leonardo Duque Delko Marseille Provence +28''
65 Aritz Bagües Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
66 Stéphane Rossetto Cofidis s.t.
67 Théo Vimpere HP BTP Auber 93 +31''
68 Baptiste Planckaert Wallonie Bruxelles +34''
69 Angelo Tulik Direct Energie s.t.
70 Daniel McLay Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
71 Vegard Breen Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
72 Sébastien Delfosse Wallonie Bruxelles +47''
73 Cyril Lemoine Cofidis s.t.
74 Thomas Voeckler Direct Energie +59''
75 Johann Van Zyl Dimension Data s.t.
76 Gregory Habeaux Wallonie Bruxelles +1' 03''
77 Kevyn Ista Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
78 Jonathan Hivert Fortuneo Vital Concept +1' 05''
79 Thomas Boudat Direct Energie +1' 16''
80 Tom Dernies Wallonie Bruxelles +1' 18''
81 Daniel Hoelgård FDJ +2' 27''
82 Quentin Jauregui Ag2r s.t.
83 Anthony Perez Cofidis +6' 55''
84 Emil Vinjebo Giant-Scatto U23 +7' 35''
85 Nicola Genovese D'Amico-Bottecchia +8' 06''
86 Tom Thill Differdange Losch +8' 09''
87 Beñat Txoperena Euskadi Basque Country +8' 09''
88 Cederick Raymackers Differdange Losch s.t.
89 Marius Therkildsen Giant-Scatto U23 s.t.
90 Larry Valvasori Differdange Losch s.t.
91 Patrick Schelling Vorarlberg s.t.
92 Ander Barrenetxea Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
93 Jérôme Mainard Armée de Terre s.t.
94 Davy Gunst Rabobank Development s.t.
95 Florent Pereira Roubaix Metropole s.t.
96 Kevin Van Melsen Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
97 Francesc Zurita Vorarlberg s.t.
98 Julien Duval Armée de Terre s.t.
99 Adrián González Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
100 Michael Schwarzmann Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
101 Julien Bérard Ag2r s.t.
102 Paolo Ciavatta D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
103 Ruben Pols Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
104 Giorgio Bocchiola D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
105 Pietro Di Genova D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
106 Lorrenzo Manzin FDJ s.t.
107 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
108 Jimmy Duquennoy Wallonie Bruxelles s.t.
109 Maxime Renault HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
110 Maxime Farazijn Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
111 Alexander Maes Katusha s.t.
112 Maxime Vantomme Roubaix Metropole s.t.
113 Dieter Bouvry Roubaix Metropole s.t.
114 Sander Helven Topsport Vlaanderen s.t.
115 Rasmus Iversen Giant-Scatto U23 s.t.
116 Evaldas Šiškevicius Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
117 Armindo Fonseca Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
118 Songezo Jim Dimension Data s.t.
119 Jay Thomson Dimension Data s.t.
120 Bob Olieslagers Rabobank Development s.t.
121 Anthony Maldonado HP BTP Auber 93 s.t.
122 Mark McNally Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
123 Jan Maas Rabobank Development s.t.
124 Yauheni Hutarovich Fortuneo Vital Concept s.t.
125 Dmitry Kozonchuk Katusha s.t.
126 Thomas Vaubourzeix Delko Marseille Provence s.t.
127 Martijn Budding Rabobank Development s.t.
128 Jeroen Meijers Rabobank Development s.t.
129 Aitor González Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
130 Shane Archbold Bora-Argon 18 s.t.
131 Mikel Iturria Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
132 Mike Diener Differdange Losch s.t.
133 Peio Olaberría Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
134 Félix Pouilly Roubaix Metropole s.t.
135 Iltjan Nika D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
136 Dylan Bouwmans Rabobank Development s.t.
137 Jelle Nieuwpoort Rabobank Development s.t.
138 Žolt Dér Vorarlberg s.t.
139 Patrick Jäger Vorarlberg s.t.
140 Gotzon Udondo Euskadi Basque Country s.t.
141 Antonino Parrinello D'Amico-Bottecchia s.t.
142 Krisztián Lovassy Differdange Losch s.t.
143 Thomas Jensen Giant-Scatto U23 s.t.
144 Joakim Bukdal Giant-Scatto U23 s.t.

2016 Paris-Bourges map:

2016 Paris-Bourges map