Paris-Nice

Stage 8) Nice - Nice

FR France Sunday 14 March 2021 110.5 km

Paris-Nice concludes with another crazy stage

Paris-Nice concludes with another crazy stage

In the last few years, the “Race to the Sun” has developed a remarkable history of bringing down the curtain with a stage that turned everything on its head, and this Sunday it wasn’t any different, despite the race avoiding Nice for a second consecutive edition after another decision of the local authorities.

A fast and furious start meant there was no breakaway until after the first hour of racing, despite several attempts of Rémi Cavagna, who attacked relentlessly as he tried to snap the elastic. The peloton reacted ferociously each time and suppressed the moves, but in the end had to allow for an eight-man group to go clear on the descent of Côte de Durans. Deceuninck – Quick-Step had Tim Declercq there, and the Belgian’s imposing presence and huge work-rate helped them take their gap to almost two minutes.

But a series of crashes, including that of the race’s overall leader, changed everything and signalled the start of an insane pace behind, with the bunch fragmenting over the rolling terrain of Provence. The escapees got pegged back and the peloton continued to travel at a high speed, increasing their buffer over the yellow jersey. Eventually, a 21-man group arrived at the finish in Levens, and Yves Lampaert got in the mix for the Wolfpack, taking ninth as Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) sprinted to victory.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step leaves the race with two stage victories, both brought by Sam Bennett, who confirmed he is the most in-form sprinter in the first part of the season, with four wins to his name, all at World Tour level. In addition to this, our team racked up an additional three top 10 finisher, including Rémi Cavagna’s runner-up spot in the Gien time trial.

 

Photo credit: ©Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images

Race details

1 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
2:16:58
2 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
3 Pierre Latour
Team Total Direct Energie
0:00
4 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
5 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
6 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
8 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
0:00
9 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
38 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:39
39 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:39
63 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
66 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
67 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
68 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:10
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
28:49:51
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
0:19
3 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana - Premier Tech
0:23
4 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:41
5 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:42
6 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
1:14
7 Jack Haig
Bahrain - Victorious
1:18
8 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:29
9 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:31
10 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
1:32
32 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:51
48 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:33
53 Florian Sénéchal
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:18
64 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:52
79 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:45
83 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
47:41
98 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
53:59
1 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo-Visma
57 pt
2 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39 pt
3 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
34 pt
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
28 pt
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
26 pt
6 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
21 pt
7 Bryan Coquard
21 pt
8 Mads Pedersen
Trek - Segafredo
21 pt
9 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
10 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
15 pt
20 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
30 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
43 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
14 pt
7 Oliver Naesen
AG2R Citroën Team
7 pt
8 Victor Campenaerts
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
6 pt
9 Dylan van Baarle
INEOS Grenadiers
5 pt
10 Warren Barguil
Team Arkéa Samsic
5 pt
21 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
27 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
32 Sam Bennett
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Aleksandr Vlasov
Astana - Premier Tech
28:50:10
2 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:22
3 Matteo Jorgenson
Movistar Team
1:10
4 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R Citroën Team
1:12
5 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
1:13
6 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
1:22
7 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
2:17
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
5:18
9 Dorian Godon
AG2R Citroën Team
20:38
10 Matteo Sobrero
Astana - Premier Tech
23:56
1 Astana - Premier Tech 86:32:39
2 Bahrain - Victorious 3:02
3 AG2R Citroën Team 7:12
4 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 21:37
5 Team Jumbo-Visma 23:54
6 Movistar Team 26:12
7 Team Qhubeka ASSOS 29:53
8 Trek - Segafredo 41:37
9 Team DSM 42:15
10 INEOS Grenadiers 42:38

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