Cycling

Wallays wins Paris-Tours

Thomas Voeckler
Thomas Voeckler

Tours - Belgian Jelle Wallays was a surprise winner of the historic Paris-Tours one-day classic on Sunday ahead of escape companion Thomas Voeckler.

The 25-year-old pipped the former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer in a two-up sprint finish to add to his victory in the junior version of this event back in 2010.

Belgian champion Jens Debusschere won a bunch sprint for third place 12 seconds back at the end of the 237.5km mostly flat course.

Paris-Tours is one of the oldest races on the cycling calendar having first been held in 1896.

It can count former world champions Philippe Gilbert, Oscar Freire and Johan Museeuw amongst its past winners.

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