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2019 Paris-Bourges (1.1), France

69th edition: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Paris-Bourges podium history | 2018 edition

Gien - Bourges, 193.9 km (Gien is about 65 kilometers south of Paris)

Marc Sarreau

Marc Sarreau wins in Bourges.

Weather at the finish city of Bourges at 2:00 PM, local time: 19C (64F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the west-southwest at 16 km/hr (10 mph). 10% chance of rain during the afternoon.

The race: Here's the report from the Sunweb Development Team.

Development Team Sunweb were in action today at Paris-Bourges; a tough race that features several short but sharp climbs throughout it’s 193 kilometre long route, before a flatter finale. Departing from Gien, the racing was intense at the start of the day with numerous teams looking to be present in the break. However, it didn’t take too long for the move to form and a group of four to get clear of the bunch.

The race then settled into a rhythm as those ahead quickly built up a large advantage of over seven minutes, before the peloton started to set tempo and begin the chase. The gap remained steady but as the hills in the middle of the day became more frequent, the breakaway’s advantage started to drop dramatically. Soon the race was back together before the peloton fragmented over the numerous hills, with Nils Eekhoff, Leon Heinschke and Tim Naberman in the front group. However, yet another increase in pace saw the bunch split even further in the crosswinds with only Eekhoff left in the main peloton.

A group of 13 escaped at that point but the peloton soon got organised and brought back their one minute gap within the final ten kilometres, setting up a fast finale. In the sprint Eekhoff started his effort a little far back, ending the day with a solid ninth place after what was a hard day of racing.

“It was controlled for quite a long time today but then on the climb after 125 kilometres the race completely exploded,” explained Eekhoff at the finish. “The pace stayed high afterwards and there were even echelons. I managed to make it the main group of around 35 riders after the guys did some good work and in the end it was a sprint finish. I came up a bit short in the finale after starting my effort from a little too far back but I’m satisfied with the ninth place.”

Team Sunweb coach Sebastian Deckert added: “It was quiet today until the climbs where it split. On the top of some of the climbs it was windy and the race split even more and we had Nils in the main front group. In the last ten kilometres they caught the breakaway and the day ended in a reduced bunch sprint where Nils finished in the top ten. It was a solid race for us, with some good teamwork and now we’re looking forward to some recovery before the last race of the year at Paris-Tours.”

Complete Results:

193.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.551 km/hr

1 Marc Sarreau Groupama-FDJ 4hr 46min 54sec
2 Tom Van Asbroeck Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
3 Amaury Capiot Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
4 Andrea Pasqualon Wanty-Gobert s.t.
5 Colin Stüssi Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
6 Anthony Turgis Total Direct Energie s.t.
7 Evaldas Šiškevicius Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
8 Pierre Barbier Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
9 Nils Eekhoff Sunweb Development Team s.t.
10 Bert De Backer Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
11 Aksel Nõmmela Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
12 Anthony Maldonado St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
13 Gediminas Bagdonas Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
14 Julien Duval Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
15 Clément Venturini Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
16 Fernando Barceló Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
17 Mikel Aristi Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
18 Lionel Taminiaux Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
19 Thimo Willems Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
20 Geoffrey Soupe Cofidis s.t.
21 Tom Devriendt Wanty-Gobert s.t.
22 Aimé De Gendt Wanty-Gobert s.t.
23 Julien Trarieux Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
24 Roland Thalmann Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
25 Fabien Doubey Wanty-Gobert s.t.
26 Anthony Delaplace Arkea-Samsic s.t.
27 Franck Bonnamour Arkea-Samsic s.t.
28 Mathieu Burgaudeau Total Direct Energie s.t.
29 Kévin Ledanois Arkea-Samsic s.t.
30 Julien Simon Cofidis s.t.
31 Quentin Jauregui Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
32 Christophe Masson Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
33 Mauro Finetto Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
34 Romain Combaud Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
35 Samuel Leroux Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
36 Tony Hurel St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
37 Jonathan Hivert Total Direct Energie s.t.
38 Joel Suter Akros-Thömus @ 7sec
39 Alexis Guérin Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
40 Alo Jakin St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
41 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
42 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ s.t.
43 Yoann Paillot St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
44 Camille Thominet St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
45 Tony Gallopin Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
46 Alessandro Fedeli Delko-Marseille Provence s.t.
47 Clément Carisey Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
48 Niki Terpstra Total Direct Energie s.t.
49 Tom Dernies Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
50 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 18''
51 Mathijs Paasschens Wallonie-Bruxelles 23''
52 Thibault Ferasse Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole 27''
53 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ 28''
54 Cyril Lemoine Cofidis s.t.
55 Krists Neilands Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
56 Mikel Iturria Euskadi Basque Country-Murias 43''
57 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ 50''
58 Kevyn Ista Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
59 Damien Touzé Cofidis 1' 08''
60 Ramunas Navardauskas Delko-Marseille Provence 1' 15''
61 Franklin Six Wallonie-Bruxelles 3' 01''
62 Pier-André Côté Rally-UHC 10' 31''
63 Rudy Barbier Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
64 Adam De Vos Rally-UHC s.t.
65 Robin Carpenter Rally-UHC s.t.
66 Colin Joyce Rally-UHC s.t.
67 Luke Mudgway EvoPro Racing s.t.
68 Julien Morice Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
69 Aaron Gate EvoPro Racing s.t.
70 Tom Thill Team Differdange-GeBa s.t.
71 Guy Sagiv Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
72 Christophe Noppe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
73 Wesley Mol Team Differdange-GeBa s.t.
74 Daire Feeley EvoPro Racing s.t.
75 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
76 Juan López-Cózar Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
77 Théo Delacroix Wanty-Gobert s.t.
78 Tim Naberman Sunweb Development Team s.t.
79 Pierre Idjouadienne Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
80 Adrien Petit Total Direct Energie s.t.
81 Kenny Molly Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
82 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
83 Filippo Fortin Cofidis s.t.
84 Silvan Dillier Ag2r La Mondiale s.t.
85 Aaron Kearney EvoPro Racing s.t.
86 Manuel Zobrist Akros-Thömus s.t.
87 Jonas Döring Akros-Thömus s.t.
88 Jeroen Pattyn Team Differdange-GeBa s.t.
89 Davide Orrico Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
90 Kévin Reza Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
91 Alexis Renard Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
92 Thibault Guernalec Arkea-Samsic s.t.
93 Mickaël Delage Groupama-FDJ s.t.
94 Leon Heinschke Sunweb Development Team s.t.
95 Nicolas Baldo St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
96 Lukas Meiler Vorarlberg-Santic s.t.
97 Conor Dunne Israel Cycling Academy s.t.
98 Lorrenzo Manzin Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
99 Jérôme Cousin Total Direct Energie s.t.
100 Ludovic Robeet Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
101 Timothy Dupont Wanty-Gobert s.t.
102 Adrien Garel Vital Concept-B&B Hotels s.t.
103 Brice Feillu Arkea-Samsic s.t.
104 Emiel Vermeulen Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole s.t.
105 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Wanty-Gobert s.t.
106 Florian Vachon Arkea-Samsic s.t.
107 Laurent Pichon Arkea-Samsic s.t.
108 Sergio Rodríguez Euskadi Basque Country-Murias s.t.
109 Davide Appollonio Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
110 Marco Tizza Amore & Vita-Prodir s.t.
111 Stijn Vandenbergh Ag2r La Mondiale 14' 56''
112 Preben Van Hecke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 17' 19''
113 Balázs Rózsa Team Differdange-GeBa s.t.
114 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
115 Toni Franz Team Differdange-GeBa 17' 28''
116 Peter Koning EvoPro Racing s.t.
117 Ludvig Wacker Sunweb Development Team s.t.
118 Kyle Murphy Rally-UHC s.t.
119 Jan Petelin Team Differdange-GeBa 17' 45''
120 Romain Feillu St Michel-Auber 93 17' 46''