Paris-Nice: Bennett shows climbing legs in the break

Paris-Nice: Bennett shows climbing legs in the break

Saturday 13 March 2021 - 16:57
Paris-Nice: Bennett shows climbing legs in the break

Paris-Nice: Bennett shows climbing legs in the break

Saturday 13 March 2021 - 16:57

Together with teammate Mattia Cattaneo, the Irishman spent 100 kilometers at the front on the penultimate day.

La Colmiane (16.3km, 6.3%) made its third appearance in as many years at the French race, but this didn’t stop Sam Bennett from booking a place in the large breakaway group that took off in the opening kilometers of stage 7. Joined by teammate Mattia Cattaneo and 13 other riders, Sam delivered a solid ride and some proper entertainment, showing off his green jersey while bringing his fair share of work at the front and even going for the uphill finish in Tournefort.

Both Bennett and Cattaneo were active in the group, and even though the escapees weren’t allowed to extend their advantage over the two-minute mark, they didn’t spare any effort while at the front, despite the profile being a punishing one, with around 4000 meters of climbing packed in the 119 kilometers of the race’s queen stage. Their spell in the leading group came to an end of the early gradients of the final ascent, and the two climbed at their own pace until the end, where Sam – the active rider with the most stage victories in Paris-Nice – talked us through his day in the break.

“It was a good training, but at the same time I tried to do my best for Mattia. It’s not often I can give back to the guys, so when I have the opportunity, I’m happy to do it. With the flat stages behind, I have a carte blance, so I just tried to get us as far as possible on the last climb. I felt good and decided to go really deep in order to strengthen my condition and find my legs for the coming weeks, and at the end of the day, I think it was a pretty useful test. I’m quite content with how things went”, said the most successful sprinter of the season.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Race details

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:09:18
2 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:02
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:05
4 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:08
5 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:10
6 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:10
7 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:15
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:15
9 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:22
10 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
0:27
59 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:55
64 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:31
65 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:31
69 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:31
92 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:46
128 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:33
131 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:56
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
26:32:01
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:52
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
1:11
4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
1:15
5 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
1:34
6 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
1:34
7 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2:06
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:07
9 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
2:10
10 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
2:21
36 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:04
56 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:00
58 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:25
68 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32:34
95 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:23
99 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:58
111 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
50:41
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
57 pt
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
28 pt
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
25 pt
5 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
22 pt
6 Bryan Coquard
21 pt
7 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
21 pt
8 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
20 pt
9 Pascal Ackermann
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
18 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
37 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
42 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
67 pt
2 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
26 pt
3 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
20 pt
4 Fabien Doubey
Team Total Direct Energie
20 pt
5 Kenny Elissonde
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
11 pt
7 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
8 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
9 Victor Campenaerts
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
6 pt
10 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
5 pt
22 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
24 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
28 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
26:33:12
2 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:23
3 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:10
4 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
1:13
5 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:15
6 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
1:22
7 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
1:38
8 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
2:16
9 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
2:54
10 Matteo Sobrero
Astana - Premier Tech
19:46
1 Astana - Premier Tech 79:41:45
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:32
3 Bahrain - Victorious 3:02
4 AG2R Citroën Team 6:33
5 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 18:50
6 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 20:32
7 Movistar Team 22:09
8 Trek - Segafredo 31:38
9 Team DSM 34:25
10 INEOS Grenadiers 38:35

Top results

1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:09:18
2 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:02
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:05
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