Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage of Paris-Nice, Michal Kwiatkowski takes GC lead
Mar 14 2019 12:32 am CET

Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage of Paris-Nice, Michal Kwiatkowski takes GC lead
Magnus Cort Nielsen wins fourth stage of Paris-Nice, Michal Kwiatkowski takes GC lead
Photo of Magnus Cort Nielsen © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Astana's Magnus Cort Nielsen has crossed the finish line in first position at the fourth stage of Paris-Nice. The Dane was the fastest of the survivors of the escape group of the day.

The fourth stage of the French race was 212 kilometres long, the longest of the competition, and took the peloton over a route that included three climbs of the second category and one of the first category. The escape of the day was formed by 13 riders that included names like Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team).

At around 80 kilometres of racing, the peloton had to be stopped for three minutes and a half at a train crossing, the escapees were forced to stop for the same amount of time. The front group managed to create a gap of more than six minutes with the peloton, and when they tackled the first category climb, sprinters like Dylan Groenewegen, Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb and Andre Greipel were dropped.

That climb also slimmed the front group until only De Gendt, De Marchi, Cort Nielsen, Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo), Bernard and Mathias Le Turnier (Cofidis) remained. Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates took the lead of the peloton during the last climb of the day and riders like Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) and Yates' teammate Esteban Chaves struggled to keep the pace.

In front, De Gendt, De Marchi, Ciccone and Cort Nielsen were the only ones remaining from the escape. The four riders arrived to the finish line together and Cort Nielsen attacked at the last 400 metres, crossing the finish line seven seconds ahead of De Gendt and 13 ahead of Ciccone.

Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski arrived to the finish at 48 seconds from Cort Nielsen and took the lead of the overall classification. He stands five seconds ahead of Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez and ten ahead of Deceuninck-Quick-Step's Philippe Gilbert.






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