Paris-Nice: Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the attack

Paris-Nice: Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the attack

Thursday 12 March 2020 - 16:50

Our team enlivened the race with an all-out move inside the final 20 kilometers.

The peloton continued to chase the sun and head south at Paris-Nice, which Thursday scheduled the longest stage in 16 years, a 227km journey between Gannat and La Côte-Saint-André, peppered with five small classified climbs. It was on the last of these, right after the intermediate sprint in Saint-Julien-de-l’Herms, that Julian Alaphilippe came off the wheel of Zdenek Stybar and launched a valiant attack.

Although short-lived, that move opened the door for a more concerted effort, instigated by Kasper Asgreen and Bob Jungels. The winners of the past two Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne editions were quickly joined by three other men and they opened a 17-second gap, applying significant pressure on the yellow jersey, who was forced in the beginning to do all the chasing. Unfortunately for the quintet, despite their prospects looking promising, a sudden lack of collaboration doubled by a joined effort of the sprinters’ teams cancelled their advantage and saw them being reeled in with seven kilometers to go.

At that point, only one rider from the original breakaway was still in the front and it looked like Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-McLaren) would go on and take the win, but the Slovenian was denied by Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie), who passed him in the last 50 meters. Zdenek Stybar finished as Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s highest-ranked rider, while Julian Alaphilippe gained a place in the standings ahead of the stage to Apt, where a reshuffling of the general classification is expected.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
5:18:02
2 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
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5 Hugo Hofstetter
Israel Start-Up Nation
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6 Andrea Pasqualon
Circus - Wanty Gobert
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7 John Degenkolb
Lotto Soudal
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8 Elia Viviani
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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9 Bryan Coquard
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10 Marc Sarreau
Groupama - FDJ
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14 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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20 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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50 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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51 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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58 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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98 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:09
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
18:49:00
2 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
0:58
3 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
1:01
4 Nils Politt
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:05
5 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
1:06
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
1:09
7 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
1:11
8 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel Start-Up Nation
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9 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
1:15
10 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
1:16
18 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:04
22 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:16
26 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:06
35 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:01
47 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:23
53 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:13
68 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:06
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
2 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
28 pt
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
NTT Pro Cycling
24 pt
4 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
22 pt
5 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
15 pt
6 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
15 pt
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
8 Andrea Pasqualon
Circus - Wanty Gobert
14 pt
9 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
13 pt
10 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
13 pt
15 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
41 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
18:50:06
2 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:10
3 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
3:27
4 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
3:41
5 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
4:04
6 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4:25
7 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
9:15
8 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
9:36
9 Dušan Rajović
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
10:49
10 Nils Eekhoff
Team Sunweb
11:04
1 Jonathan Hivert
Team Total Direct Energie
23 pt
2 Anthony Turgis
Team Total Direct Energie
19 pt
3 Jan Tratnik
Bahrain - McLaren
11 pt
4 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
7 pt
5 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
4 pt
6 Tom Devriendt
Circus - Wanty Gobert
4 pt
7 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
4 pt
8 Ryan Mullen
Trek - Segafredo
4 pt
9 Dries Van Gestel
Team Total Direct Energie
3 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 BORA - hansgrohe 56:29:41
2 Team Sunweb 0:49
3 Israel Start-Up Nation 1:04
4 EF Pro Cycling 1:23
5 Bahrain - McLaren 2:45
6 Groupama - FDJ 3:00
7 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:49
8 Trek - Segafredo 3:50
9 NTT Pro Cycling 4:17
10 Lotto Soudal 4:54

Top results

1 Niccolò Bonifazio
Team Total Direct Energie
5:18:02
2 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain - McLaren
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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