Matteo Trentin wins Paris-Tours in breakaway sprint
Quick-Step Floors' Trentin out sprinted Sunwebs' Soren Kragh Anderson as team mate Niki Terpstra finished third from the final breakaway
It was a long day for the breakaway that was established with fir riders early on, Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence KTM), Michael Goolaerts (Verandas Willems Crelan), Stephan Poulhies (Armee de Terre) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot - Nederlanse Loterij).
They created created a gap of more than five minutes 40 secs on the peloton before Quick-Step Floors, Dimension-Data and Lotto Soudal started to chase, the lead came down to just under 3 min 30 secs.
With 30 kilometres to go, Sunweb's Mike Teunissen and M. Goolaerts was was caught from the breakaway attacked the peloton Naesen, in front only van Goethem hung onto as Combaud was reeled in.
With18 kilometres from the end, last year's wuinner Fernando Gaviria slid off on a corner, changed bikes and chased back on, being drafted by a team car and then catching up with the reminants of the back of the peloton, Gaviria spent a lot of energey trying to get back on. A few team mates dropped back to bring him back up.
But in was all in vain as the peloton reeled in the rest of the breakaway and the final climbs of the Cote de Beau Soleil and Cote de l'Epan came into view with 10 kms to go.
Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) attacked on the Cote de Beau Soleil, leaving Gaviria struggling at the back. Only Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) could stay with Trentin
With 6 kilometres to go, Trentin's team mate, Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) joined him and they increased the pace to keep the chasing peloton at bay.
In the final kilometre Terpstra led Trentin out for the sprint, which Andersen couldn't match and resulted in the victory for the Italian.
Andersen crossed the finish line second and Terpstra was third.
2017 Paris-Tours Results
1 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 5:22:51
2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
3 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:01
4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:07
5 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
8 Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
9 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
10 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team