Van Avermaet wins Paris-Tours, Cav misses out
Sun, 09 Oct 16:34:00 2011
Belgian Greg van Avermaet timed his move to perfection to clinch the Paris-Tours cycling classic, as Mark Cavendish failed to play much of a part in his first race in the world champion's rainbow jersey.
BMC rider Van Avermaet jumped from a breakaway group with less than 20 kilometres left and was joined by Italian Marco Marcato, whom he easily beat in the final sprint to clinch the greatest win of his career.
"In the breakaway group, I was one of the fastest riders so it was not easy to attack," Van Avermaet told Eurosport. "I had to wait a little."
Van Avermaet and Marcato quickly closed the gap on Frenchman Arnaud Gerard, who had gone a bit too early, and they never looked back.
Marcato suffered from cramp in the final stretch, which had been reduced from 2,600 to 600 metres because of roadworks, and could not really fight for the win.
"Winning this classic is something special. It's a nice step in my career," Van Avermaet added.
On a day of showers and gusting winds, Briton Cavendish's HTC team were unable to launch a proper chase behind the fugitives.
Saxo Bank rider Kasper Klostergaard of Denmark finished third.