What a Play! Poker for Sidi at Paris-Tours
Fernando Gaviria 1st, Arnaud Demare 2nd, Jonas Van Genechten 3rd and Matteo Trentin 4th.
The Paris-Tours was the last of the great classics in the build-up to the big date with the World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, October 16th. Sidi is continuing its remarkable winning streak in what has been an extraordinary season wrap up. On the roads of the Paris-Tours, the final classic race of the season, Sidi scored a poker hand. The arrival order speaks loud and clear as to Sidi’s triumphs: Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – Quick-Step) came in 1st, Arnaud Demare (FDJ) was 2nd, Jonas Van Genechten (IAM Cycling) was 3rd, and the man who won here in 2015, Matteo Trentin (Etixx – Quick-Step), finished 4th. These are all names of important riders who we will certainly see lined up for the start as major players at the World Championships in Doha on Sunday, on a circuit that seems specifically designed for the fastest men in the pack. There won’t be any climbs; the only obstacles here will be the wind and extreme heat.
After a 252.5 km race at the Paris-Tours, Fernando Gaviria carved out an authentic masterpiece. By the way, this Sidi champion paid a visit to Sidi’s general headquarters in Maser two weeks ago. The 22-year-old Colombian got the better of the group by taking off in a fantastic sprint with about 500 metres to go until the finish line in this classic race for sprinters. After that, nobody could catch up to him. He is the first South American to have ever won this historic, 120-year-old race. Colombia is having a great year, after Chaves in the Lombardia now they have Gaviria in the Paris-Tours. Both these riders triumph and entertain with Sidi on their feet.