Roglic wins when he wants

The Paris-Nice leader was able to prevail in the tough arrival at Biot despite several fast men trying to unseat him. But the Slovenian is sweet.


Another Roglic exhibition in a Paris-Nice that he leads with an iron fist. This time it was enough for him to sprint at the end in the chosen group, but with undeniable power, to score his second stage victory. It was of little use that fast men like Laporte (Cofidis) or Matthews (BikeExchange), second and third, stood up to him. The Slovenian is in enviable shape, despite being his first race of the year, and had the special motivation that his wife and son were waiting for him at the finish line. "It's always nice to win and if my family is on top ...", said the leader of the race in which it was his second partial victory.It was the outcome of a stage in which there was a significant loss due to fall, McNulty (UAE), who was third, and in which the break of the day consisted of six riders: El Fares (EF), Lutsenko (Astana), Campenaerts (Qhubeka), Perez (Cofidis), Taaramae (Intermarché) and Ellissonde (Trek), who was the last to give his arm to twist. The Frenchman, first alone, and then Jonas Rutsch (EF), who jumped for him from the group and left, tried to put the peloton in check and avoid the arrival in a group in which some sprinters remained, but others They were giving way because the arrival, which was itching upward, became very hard.

The rhythm of Cofidis and, above all, Deceuninck, managed to neutralize the German, but in the group the yellow jersey, Primoz Roglic, already smelled blood. The final ramps looked very tough for the surviving fast men and the Slovenian knew it. He took the lead and launched the bike with a power that his rivals found no response to. Triumph, the second in six days of competition, and bonuses to increase his advantage over Schachmann, second to 41 ", and an Ion Izagirre who is already third after the loss of McNulty, to 50".

This Saturday, mountain cut

After a day in which Primoz Roglic did not suffer problems to maintain the leadership, this Saturday comes one of the key stages, the penultimate, with a high finish. The modifications made to the route will cut the day and go from the 166 km planned to just 119.5, although with terrain to try to make a difference. Three second-rate climbs are maintained, such as Gilette (6.6 km at 4.9%), Sigale (6.6 at 5.5%) and Saint-Antonin (6.2 at 6.7%), before the ascent final, La Colmaine, where the finish line will be located after 16.3 km at 6.5% .

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