Germany's John Degenkolb won the 107th edition of the Paris-Tours on Sunday, the Argos rider coming in ahead of Dane Michael Morkov and Arnaud Demare of France. Degenkolb was adding this 235 kilometer race which brings the curtain down on the classic season to his win in Thursday's Paris-Bourges.
"My victory in Hamburg (Cyclassics) was the first step towards the big classics," said the German victor. "Here, it was another step. I love these long races where you have to conserve your energy to be strong at the end. Next year, the most important period for me will be between Milan-Sanremo and the Amstel Gold Race, with the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix."
The 24-year-old Degenkolb, who finished fourth in the event 12 months ago, attacked the leading group in the company with the 2012 winner Marco Mercato in the closing stages. Six kilometers from the line Dutch rider Jetse Bol made his bid for glory, only to be caught 500 meters from the finish.
"I am very happy with second place, it was a real team effort," said Morkov. I felt really good today. I have improved in the big sprints but I don't consider myself a sprinter."
1. John Degenkolb (GER/ARG) 5:29:19
2. Michael Morkov (DEN/SAX) s.t.
3. Arnaud Demare (FRA/FDJ)
4. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM)
5. Michael Van Staeyen (BEL/TSV)
6. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM)
7. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM)
8. Jon Aberasturi (ESP/EUS)
9. Ioannis Tamouridis (GRE/EUS)
10. Niki Terpstra (NED/OPQ)