Paris-Nice

Stage 7) Nice - Valdeblore La Colmiane

FR France, Saturday 14 March 2020
166.5 km

Alaphilippe goes out with a swing in Paris-Nice

Alaphilippe goes out with a swing in Paris-Nice

Julian Alaphilippe said before the start of the final day at the “Race to the Sun” that he just wants to have fun and the Frenchman stayed true to his words, being at the heart of the first attack, which came early. That move took the peloton by surprise and forced a response from the other GC contenders, who sensed an opportunity of putting pressure on the yellow jersey by going in the breakaway.

The situation at the front kept reshuffling until the first climb of the stage, Col de Vence, when another group extricated itself from the bunch, Alaphilippe being again the main instigator. Joined by several other men, the former Paris-Nice best young rider opened a three-minute margin over the chasers, which put him into the virtual lead, some 100 kilometers from the end of the stage. A new split occurred when the Milano-Sanremo champion attacked again, only five riders being capable of remaining with him, as the gap continued to hold at two minutes and a half.

Only inside the last 25 kilometers, the advantage began to come down, but only after a number of teams sent representatives at the head of the bunch and injected a different tempo. Julian kept pushing unfazed by this and another acceleration narrowed the group to just two men on the slopes of La Colmiane (16.3 kilometers, 6.3%), but his beautiful effort eventually came to an end with ten kilometers remaining. As the gradient stiffened, he was caught by the reduced yellow jersey group, from where Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) took the win, while Max Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) sealed the overall victory.

Sports director Tom Steels made a review of Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s week at the French race, which Luxembourg Champion Bob Jungels concluded as our best placed rider: “We raced Paris-Nice under very special circumstances, but the riders did their best every day, they fought, and were always prominent at the front, shaping the stages. Julian kept attacking and went three times for a stage win, always giving his best, Bob also showed his good condition and tried something, Kasper took a solid top 3 finish in a hard individual time trial, while Sam was unfortunately put out of the race by a crash. We are content with the way we rode, but now we go home and wait to see what the rest of the season brings.”

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
4:27:01
2 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
0:46
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:56
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
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5 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:58
7 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:19
8 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
1:22
9 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
1:32
10 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
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23 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:35
28 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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31 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:56
42 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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53 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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DNF Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
27:14:23
2 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
0:18
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
0:59
4 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:16
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:24
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
1:30
7 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
2:03
8 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
2:16
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
3:39
10 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
4:36
15 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:36
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:00
20 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:14
30 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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31 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:59
52 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:11
1 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
43 pt
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
38 pt
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
28 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
16 pt
6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
16 pt
7 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
15 pt
8 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
15 pt
9 Andrea Pasqualon
Circus - Wanty Gobert
14 pt
10 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
15 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
27:15:22
2 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
15:28
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:57
4 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
31:02
5 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
38:48
6 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
39:14
7 Chris Hamilton
Team Sunweb
43:02
8 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
50:56
9 Cyril Barthe
54:24
1 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
53 pt
2 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
19 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
18 pt
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
5 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
15 pt
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
7 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
8 pt
8 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
7 pt
9 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
6 pt
10 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
14 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Team Sunweb 81:52:39
2 Groupama - FDJ 3:25
3 Trek - Segafredo 9:19
4 Lotto Soudal 15:31
5 EF Pro Cycling 19:17
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 21:06
7 BORA - hansgrohe 24:38
8 Circus - Wanty Gobert 30:51
9 AG2R La Mondiale 33:41
10 Team Arkéa Samsic 43:03

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