Overview

Paris-Nice

Stage 7) Nice > Col de Turini - La Bollène-Vésubie

FR France, Saturday 16 March 2019
181.5 km

Amazing Gilbert rides onto Paris-Nice podium

Amazing Gilbert rides onto Paris-Nice podium

A brisk pace on the opening hour of the Paris-Nice queen stage meant that a breakaway formed only on the lower slopes of Côte de Gourdon, and when the elastic was finally snapped, Deceuninck – Quick-Step was represented by Tim Declercq and Philippe Gilbert. The duo were part of a huge 39-man group which nudged out their advantage to six minutes on the roads to Col du Turini, the race’s only mountain top finish.

Averaging 7.3% over 14.9 kilometers, Col du Turini was making its debut at the “Race to the Sun”, after having previously featured three times on the Tour de France, in 1948, 1950 and 1973, but it’s better known by sports lovers as being a regular fixture on the World Rally Championship, part of a 31km-long night stage of the iconic Monte Carlo Rally.

Both Tim and Philippe traded turns at the front during this energy-consuming stage 7, as the break worked well together, ensuring the front group would start Turini with a nice advantage over the thinned-out bunch. Even as the breakaway began losing more and more members, Gilbert continued to do the bulk of the work, sensing he had a fair chance of moving into the yellow jersey.

Dropped following a series of attacks launched by the two Colombian riders present in the move, the Belgian soldiered on and impressed with his exceptionally strong ride, finishing just outside the top 10. Unfortunately, despite this valiant effort, he didn’t become the first Belgian in eight years to top the Paris-Nice general classification, missing out on the prestigious garment due to a brace of attacks launched from the pack which narrowed down his advantage on the stage won by Daniel Martinez (EF Education First).

At the finish, Philippe brushed off the disappointment and saw the glass half full after a performance from which he could draw a lot of confidence as he prepares to go into the Classics: “The plan was to infiltrate in the break and we managed that. We rode smart and Tim was of great support on the first part of the last climb; afterwards, I rode my own tempo, because I knew it would have been impossible against the pure climbers. I also knew the ascent pretty well and this helped a lot. It’s for the first time in my life that I am on the overall podium of Paris-Nice, which is a bit of a strange feeling, but nevertheless, it makes me happy, especially as I heard in the radio that also Bob did a good stage and remained in the top 10. We’re even more motivated for the last stage and curious to see what it will bring.”

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
4:55:49
2 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
0:06
3 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:20
4 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
,,
5 Jonathan Hivert
Direct Energie
0:55
6 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
2:03
7 Julien El Fares
Delko Marseille Provence
,,
8 Sergio Henao Montoya
UAE-Team Emirates
2:08
9 Víctor de la Parte González
CCC Team
2:13
10 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
2:15
11 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:50
26 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:07
36 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:03
75 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:12
111 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:17
125 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
26:35:26
2 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:45
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:46
4 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
1:03
5 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
1:21
6 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
1:45
7 George Bennett
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:20
8 Ilnur Zakarin
Team Katusha Alpecin
2:52
9 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
3:02
10 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:06
62 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:43
99 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
55:38
109 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:35
126 Iljo Keisse
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:20
1 Michał Kwiatkowski
Team Sky
33 pt
2 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
24 pt
3 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
22 pt
4 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
22 pt
5 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
21 pt
6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
20 pt
7 Magnus Cort Nielsen
Astana Pro Team
18 pt
8 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
9 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
10 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
14 pt
30 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
49 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-2 pt
50 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-3 pt
1 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
26:35:26
2 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
4:07
3 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
9:35
4 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
14:07
5 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
15:35
6 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team Sky
25:04
7 Scott Davies
Team Dimension Data
25:36
8 Nils Politt
Team Katusha Alpecin
25:46
9 Élie Gesbert
Team Arkéa Samsic
29:27
10 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Team Sky
29:42
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
64 pt
2 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
43 pt
3 Damien Gaudin
Direct Energie
21 pt
4 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
14 pt
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
11 pt
7 Jack Bauer
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
8 Simon Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
9 Eduard Michael Grosu
Delko Marseille Provence
9 pt
10 Élie Gesbert
Team Arkéa Samsic
8 pt
20 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
32 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
37 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-1 pt
38 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-1 pt
1 Team Sky 79:51:44
2 Astana Pro Team 6:05
3 AG2R La Mondiale 6:18
4 Bahrain Merida 13:11
5 Mitchelton-Scott 13:13
6 Movistar Team 18:15
7 Trek - Segafredo 22:48
8 Deceuninck - Quick Step 23:17
9 Direct Energie 27:42
10 Groupama - FDJ 32:56

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