Max Schachmann takes overall victory at Paris-Nice, Nairo Quintana wins last stage
Mar 14 2020 09:53 pm CET

Max Schachmann takes overall victory at Paris-Nice, Nairo Quintana wins last stage
Max Schachmann takes overall victory at Paris-Nice, Nairo Quintana wins last stage
Photo of Max Schachmann (c)Bora-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Bora-hansgrohe's Maximilian Schachmann has successfully defended the GC lead in Paris-Nice and has taken the overall victory of the race. Nairo Quintana won the last stage of the race.

The last stage of the French race -and of the cycling calendar for now- was 166.5 kilometres long between Nice and Valdeblore La Colmiane. Early on the day, a group of riders escaped and included names like Julian Alaphilippe, Thomas De Gendt, Nicolas Edet and Alberto Bettiol, among others.

Behind them, teams like Bora-hansgrohe, Arkea-Samsic and Sunweb took control of the pace of the pack to keep the escapees under control. The hardness of the course made the front group slimmer until Alaphilippe and De Gendt remained but with 13 kilometres to go, the Belgian rider seemed to be stronger and left the Frenchman behind.

Shortly after, Alaphilippe got caught by a reduced group that was led by Trek-Segafredo, who was working for Vincenzo Nibali. With seven kilometres to go, AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet attacked but was soon caught by the reduced group. With 3.5 kilometres to go, Nairo Quintana attacked and that movement made the group smaller.

Moments later, the Coloimbian of Arkea-Samsic caught De Gendt and left him struggling behind while a group that included Thibaut Pinot, Sergio Higuita, Max Schachmann -GC leader, Tiesj Benoot and Nibali went on to chase him. Close to the last kilometre, Benoot changed the pace in an attempt to build a gap big enough to take the overall win and left the others behind.

Quintana crossed the finish line by himself, while Benoot did it 47 seconds behind, but it was not enough for him to move Schachmann from the first position. The German of Bora-hansgrohe defended his GC lead and took his first overall victory in the WorldTour calendar.

Benoot and Higuita completed the final podium of the French race.






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