Roglic is cursed in yellow

The Slovenian suffered accidents and breakdowns to be knocked out in Paris-Nice. Max Schachmann repeated the title. Ion Izagirre, third final.


In times of pandemic, Primoz Roglic suffers if he wears yellow. In 2020 he lost the Dauphiné when he was wearing the garment after a fall that left him very touched, and as a precaution he did not want to risk his contest in the Tour de France. In that Grande Boucle he yielded the title to Tadej Pogacar on the penultimate day, in the La Planche des Belles Filles time-trial. And in Paris-Nice in 2021, another ASO race, again accidents (two, he said he dislocated his shoulder in the first one) and breakdowns (he changed bikes) deprived Maximilian Schachmann, winner of the the general as in 2020.

The Slovenian, author of a hat-trick in eight days of competition, congratulated his rival with chivalry and assumed the misfortune with naturalness: "These mishaps are part of the sport, the world does not stop and I will return to look for more triumphs." Meanwhile, Schachmann experienced contradictory feelings: “I am entitled to the trophy, but I don't know whether to be happy about how the outcome came about. I would have preferred to beat us on the road 100%, Roglic held the leadership with solvency ”.

The 27-year-old German from Bora resisted attacks from Astana, which had two tricks to overthrow him, and relied on his team to quell attempts at rebellion. Although Ion Izagirre acknowledged in the presentation of the Kazakh squad for 2021 that his priority goal at the start of the season is the Tour of the Basque Country, he has always performed well in Paris-Nice. Fifth in 2016, seventh in 2017 and fourth in 2018, in this edition, at 32, he rose to the drawer as third place, behind his teammate Aleksandr Vlasov: “I am very proud of my position on the podium. Although in Astana we worked hard to cause a turnaround, second and third means a good booty ”.

Vlasov and Izagirre unsuccessfully tried a guerrilla war in the nervous and sinuous stage that closed the meeting in Levens, far from the traditional conclusion on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, confined by the virus. Schachmann controlled the situation. Small sprint specialist Magnus Cort Nielsen scored the set ahead of Christophe Laporte. Glory for some, misery for Roglic, who seemed intractable before the last day. Cycling and life.

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