photo credits @ Paris – Nice
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) stamped his authority on Paris-Nice today, leaving Daniel Felipe Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) and Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange – Jayco) helpless to respond to the Slovenian rider’s attack along the mountain top finish of the Col de Turini.
Yates was the first to attack on the final climb. But, as the British rider began to struggle, Roglič put in a blistering attack with six kilometers to go – with only Martínez able to follow.
However, a determined Yates managed to bridge his way back to Roglič and Martin during the last 3 kilometers, taking Nairo Quintana with him.
With just one kilometer to go, Yates commenced a couple of attacks, with Roglič and Martinez keen to mark his aggressions.
Inside the last 200 meters, executed his winning move, easily dispatching Martinez and Yates to seize the stage honors.
Large breakaway group containing Ryan Mullen (Bora-Hansgrohe), Fabio Felline (Astana-Qazaqstan), David Gaudu, Olivier Le Gac, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Julien Bernard, Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Michael Morkov (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Ivan Garcia Cortina, Gregor Muhlberger, Albert Torres (Movistar), Cees Bol, Nico Denz (Team DSM), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Simon Carr, Julius van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost), Franck Bonnamour and Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM) got underway early-on in the stage.
However, a vigilant peloton never allowed the group to amass much of an advantage, keeping the reins tight until the last escapee was reeled in during the remaining 10 kilometers.
In the meantime, splits in the peloton caused Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and UAE Team Emirates’ João Almeida and Brandon McNulty to be briefly distanced.
Yet, despite making his way back to the group, van Aert was again dropped at the start of the final climb, as there battle between Yates, Roglič and Martínez started to unfold.
Roglič now leads the race by 47 seconds going into the final stage ahead of Yates with Martínez sitting one minute behind.
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