Team Sunweb rider Søren Kragh Andersen scored a major win today at the Paris-Tours classic in France, launching a solo attack on his TCR Advanced SL team bike to improve on his second-place finish here last year.
“I really wanted this win, but I didn’t believe it was possible,” said the 24-year-old from Denmark, who wore the new Giant Surge Pro shoes and Rev helmet to earn the win. “I was really focused on today so I’m super happy with the outcome.”
The 211km course for Paris-Tours, a fall classic celebrating its 112th edition, saw a change this year. Organizers added about 12km of gravel roads that wound through vineyards in the final 60km. Normally known as a race for the sprinters, the new route resulted in a different dynamic.
“It was really an awesome parcours, I really liked it,” Kragh Andersen said. “Some guys say it’s dangerous but you also have to adapt. It’s my first classics win and I couldn’t be happier.”
Kragh Andersen’s teammates helped put him in position to make his move at just the right time. After the main breakaway of the day, a group of six, was caught, he launched an attack with Dutch rider Niki Terpstra. Frenchman Benoit Cosnefroy joined them, making it three. Then, with 10km to go, Kragh Andersen attacked again and stayed away.
“The last 10 kilometers were super hard, but it was completely worth it.” Kragh Andersen said. “The kind of guys I beat here is really awesome and I’m surprised I was able to do it. It really is the best of the best here, so this win is crazy.”