Degenkolb wins Paris-Tours
John Degenkolb (AFP Photo)
Paris - 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 kilometre race which brings the curtain down on the classic season to his win in Thursday's Paris-Bourges.
The 24-year-old, 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 kilometres from the line Dutch rider Jetse Bol made his bid for glory, only to be caught 500 metres from the finish.
Results Sunday from the Paris-Tours cycling race, a 235-kilometer trek from Authon-du-Perche to Tours:
1. John Degenkolb, Germany, Argos-Shimano, 5 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds.
2. Michael Morkov, Denmark, SaxoBank-Tinkoff, same time.
3. Arnaud Demare, France, FDJ, same time.
4. Tyler Farrar, United States, Garmin Sharp, same time.
5. Michael Van Staeyen, Belgium, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, same time.
6. Heinrich Haussler, Australia, IAM Cycling, same time.
7. Samuel Dumoulin, France, AG2R La Mondiale, same time.
8. Jon Aberasturi, Spain, Euskaltel-Euskadi, same time.
9. Ioannis Tamouridis, Greece, Euskaltel-Euskadi, same time.
10. Niki Terpstra, Netherlands, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, same time.