Paris–Tours 2019 odds
Who wins Paris–Tours 2019?
The Paris–Tours 2019 is a one-day cycling race on 13th October 2019, starting on the outskirts of Paris and finishing in the cathedral city of Tours, France. It’s a mainly flat course which strongly favours the sprinters in the peloton and is now in its 113th year. The race is a 1.HC race and is part of the UCI Europe Tour.
The current title holder is Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb), who beat Niki Terpstra (Team Total Direct Energie) and Benoit Cosnefroy (Team AG2R La Mondiale) on the podium.
The 2019 race preview
Last year, the Paris-Tours unveiled a new format which included a number of unpaved vineyard tracks that blow the race apart. After the seven hills and nine gravel sectors that made up the finale of the race, Andersen won following a late attacked from the breakaway group.
Anderson, Terpstra and Cosnefroy formed a three man group that broke away on Côte de la Rochère, before Anderson attacked solo with around 11 km to go. The Danish rider lost out to Matteo Trentin (Team Mitchelton-Scott) on Avenue de Grammont the previous year but held on in 2018 to take his first Paris-Tours title.
While the more famous ‘pavés’ of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix make the headlines, the vineyard paths that caused so much havoc last year are expected to feature once more in the Paris-Tours 2019 route.
Previous winners of the race also include Matteo Trentin in 2017 and 2015, Fernando Gaviria (Team UAE-Team Emirates) in 2016, John Degenkolb (Team Trek - Segafredo) in 2013, Greg Van Avermaet (Team CCC) in 2011 and Philippe Gilbert (Team Deceuninck - Quick Step) in 2009.
Other title contenders include Oliver Naesen (Team AG2R La Mondiale) who came fourth last year, Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First) who came seventh last year, and Jasper Stuyven (Team Trek - Segafredo).