QuickStep-Floors will start next month’s Paris-Tours with defending champion Fernando Gaviria and 2015 winner Matteo Trentin. Race organisers ASO have released the preliminary start list for the October 8 classic that will finish on the Avenue de Grammont.
Gaviria, who won the Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen earlier in the month and was eighth at Worlds, won the race last year with a late attack ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ). Along with Trentin, QuickStep-Floors will also field Zdenek Stybar and start the race with a formidable squad.
Mark Cavendish will line out at the race with his Dimension Data squad as he continues to build form following his Tour de France crash. Paris-Tours will be Cavendish’s second race on French soil after the Tour having placed sixth at Grand Prix d’Isbergues – Pas de Calais in September. Bernie Eisel has also been named in the Dimension Data squad.
The sprint field features further depth with the addition of André Greipel of Lotto Soudal. The Belgian team will also have Jens Debusschere, third in 2014, and will be a team to watch in the finale.
Lotto-NL Jumbo with Dylan Groenewegen, Team Sunweb with Nikas Arndt. Jempy Drucker (BMC), Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin) are also WorldTour sprinters expected to shine in the finale
From the Pro-Continental ranks, Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis and Adam Blythe of Aqua Blue Sport are two riders capable of challenging for the win on their given day. Thomas Boudat of Direct Energie and Briton Dan McLay (Fortuneo – Oscaro) add further depth to the start list.
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