Warren Barguil: My goal in Paris–Nice is to finish in the top 15
Mar 02 2018 08:51 pm CET

Warren Barguil: My goal in Paris–Nice is to finish in the top 15
Warren Barguil: My goal in Paris–Nice is to finish in the top 15
Photo of Warren Barguil (c) Fortuneo Samsic

Warren Barguil starts in Paris-Nice as a leader of a new team and despite his good results in 2017, he doesn't expect a great performance in the race.

The Frenchman had a really good 2017 and it showed in the way he took the victory in two stages and the polka-dot jersey at Tour de France, but he doesn't feel the pressure of performing at the start of the season. "No-one puts more pressure on me than myself. I'm not really the kind of rider who shines in the early season," the rider commented. "It's a pity because Paris–Nice is a race that could suit me well. Perhaps at some point in the future.

"I trained differently this winter. For example, I took it a bit easier to make sure I get to the Ardennes classics in better shape. What I did last year was great, but my focus for the next few seasons will be on doing nice things. I think more about the future than about those two amazing victories in the Tour."

Barguil is clear in the expectations he has for Paris-Nice. "My goal in Paris–Nice is to finish in the top 15," he explained. "I'm not in the form of my life, but I'll grit my teeth to hold on.

"You never know, sometimes things go better than expected, that's what happened last year and I finished strongly. My sights are firmly set on the Ardennes classics because they're a big objective that I really don't want to mess up. I don't want to be exhausted when I get there."

Even though he is starting with his new team, he is confident in his teammates and the work they can do for him in the mountains. "That's not a concern, I trust my boys and they're ready to give it their all for me," Barguil affirmed.

"This will be the team's first acid test because it'll be our first WorldTour race together. The reduction of the size of the teams to seven men could also have an impact on race strategies."




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