Paris-Tours - Race Overview


Jens Keukeleire sprinted to ninth in the final European race of the season. The Belgian forced a move to form over the last hill, seven kilometers from the finish. His group included all the race favorites, including defending champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), and trailed a three-rider breakaway by 15 sceonds inside the final five kilometers. The break held off its chasers as Marco Marcato (Vacansoliel-DCM) went on to win the three-up sprint.

"On the last climb, maybe eight kilometers from the finish, I gave it everything I had. This forced the selection of a group of eight riders. There were three riders up the road at this point. Unluckily for me, all the riders in the front had teammates in my group, so no one really wanted to work. I wanted to work. I still wanted to catch those three riders out front.

Maybe I wasn’t too smart in the last five kilometers because I stayed on the front and continued to pull. Maybe it would have been better to ride for fourth place, but I couldn’t. I absolutely wanted to close the gap to the guys out front. In the final, the riders in my group started jumping. I couldn’t follow every move because I had been pulling so hard. In the end, I was second in the sprint of the guys that were left in my group. I ended up in ninth place." - Jens Keukeleire