BOURGES, France (AFP) — Australia’s Mathew Hayman of Team Sky won the 61st edition of the Paris-Bourges race on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Hayman claimed his first win in France, dominating a sprint finish in the 190.9km race ahead of compatriots Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) and Greg Henderson (Team Sky).
Hayman had been involved in an initial 14-man breakaway that opened up a two-minute gap to the peloton on the Graveron ascent.
“My last victory was the Commonwealth Games road race in 2006 so it’s been a while in between but it’s nice to win a race in a Team Sky jersey,” he said.
On a wet and windy day, Hayman and six others then tried to break away from their fellow escapees, but were quickly reeled in, while, further back, the peloton closed to within 1 minute and 30 seconds. The chasing pack got to within 12 seconds as the race entered the town of Bourges, but Hayman — who performed well in the spring classics, including a tenth-place finish in the Paris-Roubaix — held his nerve to cross the line first in a time of just over 4 hours and 30 minutes.
- 1. Mathew Hayman (AUS/Sky) 187 km in 4:30:29 (41.459 kph)
- 2. Baden Cooke (AUS/SBS) s.t.
- 3. Gregory Henderson (NZL/Sky) s.t.
- 4. John Degenkolb (GER/THR) s.t.
- 5. Julien Simon (FRA/SAU) s.t.
- 6. Alexandre Blain (FRA/EDR) s.t.
- 7. Anthony Ravard (FRA/ALM) s.t.
- 8. Romain Feillu (FRA/VAC) s.t.
- 9. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) s.t.
- 10. Christopher Sutton (AUS/Sky) s.t.