Paris-Nice Stage Win For Cort Nielsen

13 March 2019 04:11
Astana’s Magnus Cort Nielsen has won the fourth stage of the 77th Paris-Nice race. This annual race to the sun in March had Team Jumbo Visma’s Dylan Gronewegen in the leader’s jersey for this 212 stage from Vichy to Pelussin. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Christoph Pfingsten (Bora-Hansgrohe), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Olivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ), Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis), Alessandro De Marchi (CCC) and Kevin Reza (Vital Concept) formed the break and were away after 9.5kms. They were joined by Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Elie Gesbert (Arkea Samsic) and Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) before Grosu took the four points on the first climb at Cote de Cheval-Rigon. Le Gac won the sprint at St Priest la Prugne as the break extended their lead to 6.40 which was enough for the Groupama FDJ rider to become the virtual leader of the race with a hundred kilometres left. Seventeen kilometres later and the gap was down to six minutes Heading close to the city of St Etienne and the gap was down to 4.15 and 3.15 when Caleb Ewan in the green jersey, plus a number of other sprinters were dropped by the peloton on the category two Cote de Treves climb. Damien Gaudin was first over the top to the seven points ahead of Grosu but was dropped on the Gategory One Cote de Condrieu climb which saw the break down to seven riders and Thomas De Gendt taking the ten points. De Gendt, De Marchi, Gesbert, Ciccone, Bernard, Le Turnier and Cort Nielsen comprised of the break which was 2.10 ahead with forty kilometres to go. De Gendt took the seven points on the Cote de St Michel-sur-Rhone climb as Simon Yates led the peloton, putting the Lotto Soudal rider a point behind Gaudin the KOM leader.   Cort Nielsen took the sprint at Pelussin as the break continued to stay away. De Gendt, De Marchi, Ciccone and Cort Nielsen were still 45 seconds ahead with four kilometres to go. The break pressed on and it was Magnus Cort Nielsen who took the win in 5.03.49 ahead of Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) and Giulio Ciccone. Michal Kwiatkowski of Team Sky takes over the lead of the race.             . read full article

Source: Kev Monks