Sunday kickoff of the 2021 edition of Paris-Nice. At the start of “Running in the Sun”, another name for Paris-Nice, Slovenian Primos Roglik, world number one in cycling.
Despite suffering a major defeat at the Tour de France, the Volta winner then left a training camp in Tenerife without even a little racing. The Paris-Nice route, which includes a 14-kilometer time trial on Tuesday and two selected lines on Beaujolais (Wednesday) and Nice Interland (Saturday), is in line with its procedures.
“The high-level training was planned and I want to show my best face in the upcoming competitions,” Roglik said, adding that he wants to “improve in all areas.” With the support of a strong jumbo team (Kruiswijk, Omen, T. Martin), they are armed in the first two stages, exposed to the wind and adapted to the edges depending on the weather.
Sprinters (Saint-Sir-L-Ecole, Amily, Bolen) came in large numbers through a menu that offered three opportunities. French champion Arnaud Demere and Irishman Sam Bennett will face some other sizes (Ackerman, Nisolo, Pederson, Phillipson, Christoph, Bahamas, Mathews, Trentino, Bouhani, Coquard) from day one, and finally on camera. A small ascent to Sir-Ecol.
Climbers (Gaddu, Vlasov, Hindli) should limit damage near Jian (Loyote) on Tuesday. Geogegan Hart, who only competed in Paris-Nice once as a team member (in 2019), knows the equation, and his older brother, Australian Richie Porto, the double winner of the event in 2010, is home to the Inios team this winter.
Rogli and Geogen Hart, the leaders of the two most powerful teams in the Tour Pelotone, are already advancing to the Grande Bouquet. But, for now, the uncertainty surrounding the health situation is set for next weekend and the Nice Final, which was reduced at some point last year. Pandemic was only in its infancy.
Note that Guilloma Martin, the first Frenchman in the final Tour de France rankings, will also be in the starting line-up.
This Sunday, the race begins with a stage for sprinters near Versailles Palace. Departure at 1:05 p.m.
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