Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) won Paris-Tours on Sunday ahead of Søren Andersen (Team Sunweb), Quick-Step Floors put four riders in

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) continued his superb season by winning the 111th edition of the fall one-day classic Paris-Tours on Sunday in Tours, France. It was Trentin’s second Paris-Tours win in three years and Quick-Step’s third in a row after Colombian Fernando Gaviria triumphed last year. The win was a goodbye and thank you of sorts to Quick-Step Floors, as Trentin will ride for Orica-Scott next year.

Quick-Step Floors took advantage of their numerical advantage in the finale of the 234.5km race, attacking and having Trentin and Niki Terpstra in a three-man breakaway that would survive to the finish.

Trentin was easily able to outsprint Søren Andersen (Team Sunweb) on the line to take the win and create a three-peat of wins for Quick-Step Floors in the race. Terpstra secured third and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) brought home a select chase group less than 10 seconds later to capture fourth.

“The light rain and wet roads made for a strung out bunch, so on the first hill, I said to myself it won’t hurt to give it a go,” Trentin said. “A first group formed, but then I went again and Niki came across. We played perfect tactics and Niki did an incredible work and a provided a superb lead-out in the last kilometer.

“It’s fantastic to end the season in such a manner, I want to thank Quick-Step Floors for these seven years, it was an honor to ride with them and I’m proud of bringing down the curtain on my time here with a second victory in Paris-Tours.”

Quick-Step Floors ended the race with four riders in the top-10.

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Brou hosted the start of the fall semi-classic for the first time in history and 172 riders set-off for Tours under a grey sky and mild temperature. First held in 1896, the semi-classic is usually held the week before Il Lombardia, but in 2017 the race occurred the day after the final monument of the season. The 234.5km route to Tours was flat for the first 200km, but the road became rolling in the last 35km. The final 10km included the Côte de Beau-Soleil and Côte de l’Epan, which provided opportunities for those not with the high-end speed of the sprinters a chance to get away.

A five-rider breakaway containing Lawrence Naesen (WB Veranclassica Quality Protect), Michael Goolaerts (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan), Brian Van Goethem (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Stéphane Poulhiès (Armée de Terre) escaped in the opening kilometers and went on to build a maximum advantage of over five minutes.

Quick-Step Floors dutifully went to the front of the peloton to control the gap. They by far had the strongest squad in the race. The Belgian-based team would receive help from Lotto Soudal, who was riding in support of Greipel, and LottoNL-Jumbo, who was riding in support of Dylan Groenewegen.

As the riders hit the Côte de Crochu with 33km to go, the start of the finale of the race, the fatigue of being in the breakaway for nearly 200km presented itself in the breakaway. Over the top of the climb, only Van Goethem and Naesen were in the lead, but their gap to the peloton was under a minute.

The pace was fierce on the run-in to the Beau Soleil and soon disaster struck the Quick-Step Floors squad. Gaviria missed a corner and crashed. The Colombian would remount and make his way back to the peloton, he would not be a contender for the win.

The Beau Soleil saw the end of the breakaway and with Gaviria out of the picture, Trentin took matters upon himself and launched a fierce attack. The attack caught many off-guard and sent riders scrambling to go with the move. A select group formed over the top of the climb.

Trentin attacked again on the Côte de l’Epan and created the winning selection of the race. Only Andersen was able to go with him and then his teammate and former Paris-Roubaix winner Terpstra bridged, giving Quick-Step Floors two out of the three riders in the lead.

Into the final kilometer, it was apparent it would come down to the leading three, though they had never held a gap greater than 20 seconds over the chasers. Terpstra did the bulk of the work, as Trentin was the far superior sprinter of the two and the Italian delivered.

Andersen was able to capture second to prevent a Quick-Step Floors 1-2. Greipel brought home the chase group less than 10 seconds later to finish fourth. The result’s sheet clearly displayed Quick-Step Floors’ dominance, as they put four riders in the top-10. Maximiliano Richeze finished fifth and Yves Lampaert finished seventh.

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