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2021 Paris-Bourges (1.1), France

70th edition: Thursday, October 7, 2021

Paris-Bourges podium history | 2019 edition (race not run in 2020)

Gien - Bourges, 198 km (Gien is about 65 kilometers south of Paris)

PAris-Bourges finish

Bora-hansgrohe's Jordi Meeus wins in Bourges.

Weather at the finish city of Bourges at 2:00 PM, local time: 17C (62F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the north at 6 km/hr (4 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Jordi Meeus' Bora-hansgrohe team.

After a breakaway of five riders was in front for the first part of the race, the bunch already reeled them back in with about 40km remaining. From there on several riders tried to attack and the main field had to dig deep to keep the situation under control.

In the finale, when it became clear that a sprint had to decide the race, BORA – hansgrohe delivered Jordi Meeus in a perfect position at the right moment. The Belgium rider launched his sprint from A. Demare’s wheel with 150m to go to take a superior win. 

From the Finish Line:
"It was a fast race, especially in the finale with all the attacks. We fully focused on the sprint today and in the end, we have been in position when it mattered. I was on Demare’s wheel in the last corner and on the home straight all was stretched out, so it was an organized sprint. I had a free wheel with 150m to go and launched my sprint in the right moment. This is a great victory for the whole team, and we will enjoy this evening together." – Jordi Meeus

"Our plan was to go all in for the sprint. We only covered big groups in the beginning and fully focused on the finale. I know the last kilometers quite well, as I was also here when Sam Bennett took some wins a few years ago, so we had a clear plan when Jordi had to be where. We didn’t have a real lead-out in the end, but Bodi and Patrick delivered him perfectly before the narrow part. From there on it was up to Jordi. He did a perfect sprint from a perfect position and after some podiums he really deserves this one." – Steffen Radochla, Sports Director

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Complete Results:

198 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.523 km/hr

1 Jordi Meeus Bora-hansgrohe 4hr 20min 58sec
2 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
3 Niccolo Bonifazio TotalEnergies s.t.
4 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
5 Bryan Coquard B&B Hotels s.t.
6 Daniel McLay Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
7 Danny van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
8 Jason Tesson St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
9 Milan Menten Bingoal-WB s.t.
10 August Jensen Delko s.t.
11 Jonas Rickaert Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
12 Arne Marit Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
13 Clement Russo Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
14 Samuel Leroux Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
15 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
16 Francisco Galvan Kern Pharma s.t.
17 Tobias Bayer Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
18 Pierre-Luc Perichon Cofidis s.t.
19 Bernat Font EvoPro Racing s.t.
20 Edvald Boasson Hagen TotalEnergies s.t.
21 Fernando Barcelo Cofidis s.t.
22 Kevin Vauquelin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
23 Julien Trarieux Delko s.t.
24 Pier-Andre Cote Rally Cycling s.t.
25 Anders Skaarseth Uno-X s.t.
26 Stijn Siemons EvoPro Racing s.t.
27 Andrea Pasqualon Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
28 Anthony Maldonado St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
29 Mathias de Witte Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
30 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
31 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
32 Conn McDunphy EvoPro Racing s.t.
33 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
34 Mulu Hailemichael Delko s.t.
35 Aaron van Poucke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
36 Ruben Apers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
37 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
38 Linus Stari Team Vorarlberg s.t.
39 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
40 Roger Adria Kern Pharma s.t.
41 Jasper Stuyven Trek-Segafredo s.t.
42 Romain Cardis St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
43 Julian Mertens Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
44 Antoine Aebi Team Vorarlberg s.t.
45 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
46 Jeremy Leveau Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
47 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
48 Isaac Canton Burgos-BH s.t.
49 Luc Wirtgen Bingoal-WB s.t.
50 Senne Leysen Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
51 Alexis Guérin Team Vorarlberg s.t.
52 Bob Jungels Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
53 Valentin Retailleau Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
54 Paul Lapeira Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
55 Daniel Ganahl Team Vorarlberg s.t.
56 Danny van der Tuuk Kern Pharma s.t.
57 Andre Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
58 Urko Berrade Kern Pharma s.t.
59 Cyril Barthe B&B Hotels s.t.
60 Rune Herregodts Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
61 Adam de Vos Rally Cycling s.t.
62 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
63 Daan Hoole Trek-Segafredo s.t.
64 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo s.t.
65 Paul Ourselin TotalEnergies s.t.
66 Scott Thwaites Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
67 Flavien Maurelet St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
68 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic @ 14sec
69 Clement Carisey Delko s.t.
70 Juan Lopez-Cozar Burgos-BH 0:15
71 Tom Wirtgen Bingoal-WB 0:16
72 Jacques Lebreton Cofidis s.t.
73 Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
74 Tony Gallopin Ag2r-Citroën 0:18
75 Patrick Gamper Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
76 Geoffrey Soupe TotalEnergies s.t.
77 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
78 Olivier le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
79 Luca Mozzato B&B Hotels 0:22
80 Jeremy Lecroq B&B Hotels s.t.
81 Maciej Bodnar Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
82 Tony Hurel St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
83 Tom Devriendt Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 0:35
84 Valentin Ferron TotalEnergies 0:42
85 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
86 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels 0:57
87 Alex Kirsch Trek-Segafredo 1:04
88 Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ 1:06
89 Loic Vliegen Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 1:09
90 Antoine Duchesne Groupama-FDJ s.t.
91 Ignatas Konovalovas Groupama-FDJ 1:12
92 Baptiste Planckaert Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert s.t.
93 Morne van Niekerk St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
94 Alexander Kamp Trek-Segafredo 1:14
95 Kyle Murphy Rally Cycling 1:16
96 Ryan Mullen Trek-Segafredo 1:26
97 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
98 Niki Terpstra TotalEnergies 2:16
99 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels 5:17
100 Kiel Reijnen Trek-Segafredo 6:24
101 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
102 Gilles de Wilde Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
103 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
104 Ceriel Desal Bingoal-WB s.t.
105 Michael van Staeyen EvoPro Racing s.t.
106 Julien Duval Ag2r-Citroën s.t.
107 Emiel Vermeulen Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
108 Valentin Tabellion Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Métropole s.t.
109 Tim Merlier Alpecin-Fenix s.t.
110 Erik Resell Uno-X s.t.
111 Martin Urianstad Uno-X s.t.
112 Manuel Penalver Burgos-BH s.t.
113 Rudiger Selig Bora-hansgrohe 6:30
114 Nicolas Debeaumarche St Michel-Auber 93 s.t.
115 Julius Johansen Uno-X 6:52