Paris-Nice: Agonisingly close for Cavagna

Paris-Nice: Agonisingly close for Cavagna

Tuesday 09 March 2021 - 17:33
Paris-Nice: Agonisingly close for Cavagna

Paris-Nice: Agonisingly close for Cavagna

Tuesday 09 March 2021 - 17:33

French ITT Champion finishes runner-up for less than a second in the race’s sole stage against the clock.

Rémi Cavagna got off to a great start Tuesday afternoon, when the “Race to the Sun” scheduled a 14.4km individual time trial around Gien, setting the fastest time at the checkpoint after averaging over 47km/h in the first kilometers of the stage. In the second part of the course, which included a small hill, the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” continued to tap out a solid tempo, caught his two-minute man and stopped the clock in 17:34, a fantastic time which sent him straight into the hot seat.

Unfortunately, Rémi was bumped into second place just minutes later by Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) for a frustrating eight tenths of a second, missing out on what would have been his first victory of the season and the chance to don the prestigious yellow jersey at this Paris-Nice debut.

“Of course, I am disappointed because coming into the race my goal was to win this stage and I was very close of doing that. Wearing the Paris-Nice yellow jersey was one of the dreams I had growing up, and it’s a shame I couldn’t do it for such a small margin. At the same time, I am proud of what I did today and getting to show again my beautiful jersey. I produced a strong ride and to be on the podium of a World Tour ITT it’s still something”, Cavagna explained at the finish. “I don’t know if there will be any other opportunities for me to have the yellow jersey, as a tough stage awaits on Wednesday, but we’ll keep the motivation and see what we can do.”

The 25-year-old Frenchman was one of our squad’s three riders in the top 15, together with Yves Lampaert (9th) and Mattia Cattaneo (15th), helping the Wolfpack take the lead of the team classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Race details

1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
17:34
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:06
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:09
5 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team DSM
0:10
6 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
7 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:13
8 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
0:14
9 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:16
10 Patrick Bevin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:16
15 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
80 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09
86 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:11
98 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
102 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:24
1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
8:37:11
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:06
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:09
5 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
0:09
6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team DSM
0:10
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
0:12
8 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:13
9 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
0:14
10 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
14 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
71 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09
80 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:14
89 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
116 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:45
1 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21 pt
2 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
21 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
19 pt
4 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
5 Cees Bol
Team DSM
15 pt
6 Bryan Coquard
13 pt
7 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
8 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
9 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
9 pt
10 Jasper Philipsen
Alpecin-Fenix
9 pt
21 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Fabien Doubey
Team Total Direct Energie
10 pt
2 Nils Politt
BORA - hansgrohe
3 pt
3 Sander Armée
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
3 pt
4 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
3 pt
5 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
2 pt
6 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2 pt
7 Dries De Bondt
Alpecin-Fenix
2 pt
8 Amund Grøndahl Jansen
Team BikeExchange
2 pt
9 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
10 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
1 pt
1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
8:37:11
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:09
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:22
4 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:27
5 Florian Vermeersch
Lotto Soudal
0:29
6 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:32
7 Matteo Sobrero
Astana - Premier Tech
0:39
8 Stefano Oldani
Lotto Soudal
0:41
9 Kobe Goossens
Lotto Soudal
0:45
10 Dorian Godon
AG2R Citroën Team
0:46
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 25:52:11
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:13
3 EF Education - Nippo 0:19
4 INEOS Grenadiers 0:24
5 Astana - Premier Tech 0:30
6 BORA - hansgrohe 0:52
7 Israel Start-Up Nation 0:53
8 UAE-Team Emirates 1:01
9 Team DSM 1:05
10 Lotto Soudal 1:05

Top results

1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
17:34
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:06
See all race results

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