Max Schachmann takes overall win of Paris-Nice after unfortunate day for Roglic
Mar 15 2021 12:00 am CET

Max Schachmann takes overall win of Paris-Nice after unfortunate day for Roglic
Max Schachmann takes overall win of Paris-Nice after unfortunate day for Roglic
Photo of Max Schachmann (c) Bora-hansgrohe/Christof Kreutzer

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the overall victory of Paris-Nice after two crashes put Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) out of the GC fight. Magnus Cort Nielsen took the stage win.

The last stage of the French race was 93 kilometres long after it was shortened due to the Covid-19 restrictions in the region. Although Roglic started the stage with a 52-second advantage over Schachmann, he crashed inside the first 20 kilometres of the route and was left with visible abrasions but managed to return to the pack for the moment some kilometres later.

Soon after, Tim De Clercq, Jonas Rutsch, Edward Theuns and Sven Bystrom attacked and built a small gap and later on they were joined by some chasers. There were several moves in the peloton, which forced to change of rhythm that left Roglic struggling behind after he suffered a second crash.

Bora-hansgrohe and Astana-Premier Tech took the lead of the pack to try to gain some advantage over Roglic so Schachmann, Aleksandr Vlasov and Ion Izagirre could climb on the General Classification. As the kilometres passed, the riders got enough time to push the Slovenian out of the GC podium, and they managed to catch the escapees.

With around nine kilometres to go, Vlasov launched an attack and was closely followed by Schachmann and Izagirre but metres later the pack got together again. There were several attacks in the front on the last kilometres while Roglic continued by himself trying unsuccessfully to contact with the pack.

The stage win came down to a sprint in which Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education-Nippo) was the fastest man, closely followed by Cofidis' Christophe Laporte. Schachmann crossed the finish line with the pack and got his second win in a row in Paris-Nice, while Vlasov and Izagirre completed the final podium.




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