5 conclusions from Paris-Nice | Cyclingnews

5 conclusions from Paris-Nice | Cyclingnews

Although like last year’s race, this 79th edition of Paris-Nice was affected by a rapid spread of the coronavirus, the organisers did at least manage to negotiate a path to complete a full eight stages, albeit with the final two were shortened.

As always, “the race to the sun” provided plenty of dramatic action, including Primoz Roglic‘s latest show of force that netted him three stage wins before he was ultimately undermined by two crashes on the final stage. That opened the door to 2020 champion Max Schachmann, who became the first rider to defend the title since Alexandre Vinokourov in 2003.

Primoz Roglic’s French stage race hoodoo continues

Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey crosses the finish line of the 8th stage of the 79th Paris Nice cycling race 93 km between Le PlanDuVar and Levens on March 14 2021 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images

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This was the third consecutive occasion that Primoz Roglic has reached the final key stage of a major French stage race in the lead but failed to finish in the yellow jersey. Last summer, he pulled out of the Critérium du Dauphiné prior to the final stage after a heavy crash the previous day. A month later, he came up short at the Tour de France when young Slovenian compatriot Tadej Pogaçar proved the stronger in the time trial on the penultimate day. At Paris-Nice, his three stage wins highlighted his superiority over his GC rivals, but, as at the Dauphiné, a bad crash scuppered his chances of hanging on to victory.

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