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Italian Marco Marcato wins Paris-Tours classic

Updated: October 7, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
Associated Press

TOURS, France -- Italy's Marco Marcato won the Paris-Tours classic in a sprint finish Sunday.

Marcato was beaten to the line by Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium in a head-to-head sprint last year, but this time he held firm and withstood a challenge from Laurens De Vreese of Belgium and Dutch rider Niki Terpstra.

The 146-mile trek from Chateauneuf-en-Thymerais to Tours has favored sprinters in recent years, and this was the case again as the three riders broke away.

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