Paris-Nice

Stage 6) Sorgues - Apt

FR France, Friday 13 March 2020
161.5 km

Paris-Nice: Alaphilippe edges his way back in the GC

Paris-Nice: Alaphilippe edges his way back in the GC

It’s been a testing week for Julian Alaphilippe at Paris-Nice, with the cold weather and a puncture at a critical moment on a stage 2 dealing an important blow to his ambitions. But the Frenchman, who made his first World Tour outing of the season on home turf, continued undeterred by these setbacks and showed why he perfectly embodies the Wolfpack spirit, going on the offensive several times once the race hit the mountains.

Côte de Saumane-de-Vaucluse (4.2km, 5.1%), Col de Murs (10.4km, 4.3%), Côte de Gordes (2.3km, 6.5%), Col du Pointu (3.5km, 5.4%), Côte de Caseneuve (5.1km, 5.4%), and Côte d’Auribeau (4.5, 5.8%) were the first real climbs of this edition and Deceuninck – Quick-Step took advantage of the terrain to set a brisk tempo from the outset with Yves Lampaert, Kasper Asgreen and Tim Declercq, that resulted in several men being dropped and the peloton reduced to under 100 riders.

By the time the race approached the last climb of the day, the bunch was already depleted and that was the cue for Julian to launch an attack that further decimated the field and led to a solo move of Bob Jungels on the fast descent to Apt. The Luxembourg Champion’s move – which translated into a 20-second margin over the yellow jersey group – forced the chasers to spend a lot of energy in order to bring him back, which they did, but only on a 1200m hill averaging 8.2% where the group was blown to pieces.

With one rider up the road more than half a minute clear, it soon became clear the fight between the chasers would be for the minor placings, but the strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step duo continued to put pressure and give maximum until the line, where they both finished in the top five, a nice reward for the aggressiveness shown during this hard and relentless stage.

“We raced à bloc today from the beginning and the guys did a great job, I am so proud of them. Bob tried something, I tried something, as we were motivated to take the stage win today, and even though it didn’t work out, I think we can be satisfied with the way we rode and fought until the last drop of energy. We’ll do the same on Saturday and see what happens”, said Julian, who climbed to tenth in the general classification after his spirited ride.

 

Photo credit: ©Luc Claessen / Getty Images

Race details

1 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
3:57:02
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:22
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
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4 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
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7 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
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8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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9 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
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10 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
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26 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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33 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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41 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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55 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:08
60 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
22:46:24
2 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
0:36
3 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
1:01
4 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
1:10
6 Vincenzo Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
1:18
7 Rudy Molard
Groupama - FDJ
1:29
8 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
1:30
9 Tanel Kangert
EF Pro Cycling
1:52
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:04
17 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:59
18 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:02
29 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:55
39 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:38
50 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
25:59
55 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:20
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
33 pt
2 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
31 pt
3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
22 pt
4 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
21 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
6 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
16 pt
7 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
15 pt
8 Andrea Pasqualon
Circus - Wanty Gobert
14 pt
9 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
13 pt
10 Nacer Bouhanni
Team Arkéa Samsic
13 pt
12 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11 pt
15 Bob Jungels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
35 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
EF Pro Cycling
22:47:25
2 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
10:20
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:54
4 Damien Touzé
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
12:31
5 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
18:14
6 Cees Bol
Team Sunweb
24:08
7 Connor Swift
Team Arkéa Samsic
24:45
8 Piet Allegaert
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
29:56
9 Benoît Cosnefroy
AG2R La Mondiale
36:20
10 Dušan Rajović
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
37:11
1 Nicolas Edet
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
29 pt
2 Jonathan Hivert
Team Total Direct Energie
26 pt
3 Anthony Turgis
Team Total Direct Energie
19 pt
4 Tiesj Benoot
Team Sunweb
11 pt
5 Anthony Perez
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
9 pt
6 Søren Kragh Andersen
Team Sunweb
8 pt
7 José Manuel Díaz Gallego
NIPPO DELKO One Provence
7 pt
8 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
7 pt
9 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
5 pt
10 Pierre Latour
AG2R La Mondiale
5 pt
11 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
13 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
1 Team Sunweb 68:24:46
2 Groupama - FDJ 3:03
3 Deceuninck - Quick Step 3:52
4 Trek - Segafredo 6:49
5 BORA - hansgrohe 7:46
6 Lotto Soudal 8:43
7 EF Pro Cycling 9:30
8 Circus - Wanty Gobert 14:50
9 NTT Pro Cycling 15:38
10 AG2R La Mondiale 15:52

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