Marco Marcato wins Paris-Tours 2012

Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM) won the French one-day classic, Paris-Tours today from late-race escape trio. The Italian sprinted ahead of Laurens De Vreese (Topsport Vlaanderen) after 235.5 kilometres.

Dutch champion Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), who started the sprint at 250 metres when he saw John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) bridging, placed third.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.