Running 232km from Chartres to Tours, the Paris-Tours is affectionately nicknamed "The Sprinters Classic". But while the sprinters have seen reasonabe success, last year's winner, Philippe Gilbert, won from a small breakaway, as did 2006's Frederic Guesdon. Indeed, to call the Paris-Tours a sprinters' race is to do a great disservice to the variety of riders who've claimed victory over the course of its 110 years: witness, for example, the stunning solo victory from Richard Virenque in 2001, whose day-long break made for a race that echoed the classics of cycling's golden era, albeit with a tainted protagonist.

The sprinters won't have their own way in "The Sprinters Classic". It'll be an all-out battle between the sprinters' teams and the breakaway riders, and recent history has shown that neither side has the upper hand.

Watch it for FREE on Cycling TV (North America only)

The live might be over, but we've still got the as-live and highlights from the Paris-Tours in available entirely for FREE in our brand new, cross-platform Video Portal. You can drop in and watch it at your leisure, and you don't even need to sign in!

11 October - Elite Men's Race - As-live and highlights now available

Please note that Cycling TV's coverage of the Paris-Tours is available only in North America.

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