5 years after his victory in Paris - Tours, Jelle Wallays won the pro version of the French classic for the second time. He powered away with 50 km to go and managed to stay clear after an impressive solo.
Crosswinds caused the peloton to split inside the final 90 km. On the first gravel sector Wallays accelerated and bridged to defending champion Kragh Andersen, who fell victim to a puncture. Wallays forged on and quickly build an advantage over a small chasing group.
The group, including Oliver Naesen, Bert De Backer, Aimé De Gendt and Xandro Meurisse, pushed hard, but wasn’t able to reel in a strong Wallays.
With 10 km to go, the 30-year-old from Lotto Soudal had a reassuring advantage of 1'20" over the chase group that saw a late attack of Terpstra and Oliver Naesen. This way, Naesen took third place and another fantastic podium.