Bennett triumph and favorites keep gunpowder for tomorrow

The Bora sprinter achieved his second win this week, ahead of Demare. Luis León cut two seconds in the general to Kwiatkowski.


Mid-mountain rush today at Paris-Nice before the final round that will come tomorrow with the queen stage. With a wind that threatened throughout the day and caused several falls, the triumph was decided on the sprint, being victorious Sam Bennett for the second time this week. In the general there were no changes, although Michal Kwiatkowski slightly extended his advantage over Egan Bernal by rewarding in the last intermediate sprint.

Almost since the departure flag, a trio of escaped the protagonism for a good part of the day: Kirsch (Trek ), Pichon (Arkea) and Finetto (Delko) . Others like Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) or the Spanish Iván García Cortina (Bahrain) tried to get into the breakaway, but finally they were taken down and absorbed by the platoon.

The company for the head trio was impossible when the wind came one more day. The great animator of this Paris-Nice made an appearance in favor of platon, which knocked the break away perhaps before the count, 49 kilometers from the finish. The wind also caused tension in the large group with falls that greatly harmed a Spanish: Fran Ventoso. The CCC corridor could not continue in the race after finishing on the asphalt and had to retire two days before the end.

Failure, thanks to a dizzying pace imposed at the head of the peloton by QuickStep, began to occur cuts in the platoon between the first and second ascension of the day. In the last climb, the Côte de Sainte-Philomène of second category, Mitchelton assumed the control of the race with Mikel Nieve and Esteban Chaves at the head, who imposed a strong pace on the climb. With the leader of the cut mountain, Thomas De Gendt, nobody disputed the points on the top of the port before producing the worst image of the day. Already in full decline, a snag at the head of the peloton finished with Bakelants and Rafa Valls on the ground. Both were lying on the asphalt, which was undoubtedly a chilling image.

In the final section, Luis León Sánchez gave samples that goes for all in this race and bonus up to 5 seconds with the sum of the two intermediate sprints. In the second of them, Kwiatkowski went first and thanks to those three seconds he extended his leadership in the general standings over Bernal. The arrival was decided to the sprint, where Caleb Ewan could not be by previous fall. Arnaud Demare (FDJ), was the first to launch the sprint, but Bennett overtook him in the final meters with great power. The Irishman achieved his second victory in this Paris-Nice, tying with Groenewegen (those who have won the most).

In general, the Pole of Sky continues to lead and Luis León cut Bernal for 5 seconds, which remained on the watch today. Tomorrow comes the queen stage with the decisive ascent to Turini (first category), where battle is coming and show in abundance. Everything to decide in this Paris-Nice.



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