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March 10/19 11:17 am - Paris-Nice: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 03/10/19

Dylan Groenewegen made the best of the great team work by his Jumbo-Visma team on a windy and eventful day around Saint-Germain-en-Laye to take the first stage of Paris-Nice and put the yellow jersey on his back. Winner of a stage in Vierzon a year ago, the Dutch sprint rocket was a little bit too fast for Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), who had to settle for second place.

The day, animated by countless echelons, was tarnished by the absence in the finale of Australia's Michael Matthews, forced out of the race by a crash with 50 km to go.

Three from the gun
The start was given at 11:40 to 23 teams of seven riders 161 riders. Almost from the gun, Romain Combaud (Delko Marseille Provence) broke clear, taking former Paris-Nice stage winners Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie) and Amael Moinard (Arkea-Samsic) along with him. Their lead went over the two minute mark after 10 km and kept growing. At the top of the 3rd category Cote de Beynes (km 20.5), on which Gaudin collected 4 points, the gap had stretched to 3:20.

After a crash involving former race winner Sergio Henao (at km 35), Groupama-FDJ accelerated the pace and the peloton split. Among the riders caught in the echelon were Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie), Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida). The peloton regrouped after 47.5 km as the lead of the escapees had reduced to 1:15.

Matthews out of the race
Another crash at the back of the pack involved Australia's Michael Matthews, the Sunweb team leader and winner of three Paris-Nice stages, one of the favourites for the days' stage, who was forced out of the race and taken to hospital. In the last 50 km, echelons and crashes took place again and the peloton was scattered in several little groups on the windswept course. Henao, Marcel Kittel (Katusha), Alexander Kristoff (UAE) and Mark Cavendish were among the riders dropped as the pack split repeatedly. The three escapees were caught with 25 km to go.

Echelons kept firming as the race tackled the second climb of the day, Cote de Beule (Km 112) which saw Damien Gaudin surge again to snatch four more points and secure the polka-dot jersey ahead of Evaldas Siskevicius (Delko-Marseille-Provence) and Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic). With 20 km to go, the peloton was still split in three groups as two intermediate sprints and bonus points were up for grabs. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) went for the first ahead of Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski and Egan Bernal, who led the way in the finale on the heels of Luke Rowe, celebrating his 29th birthday the hard way.

Kwiatkowski collected more bonus seconds in the second, 3 km from the finish line.

Jumbo-Visma lead the way
In what was left of the bunch in the long final stretch, Jumbo-Visma were probably the stronger team and after a brave but vain attempt by Philippe Gilbert with 2 km to go, they perfectly set up Groenewegen for the final sprint. Italian Sonny Colbrelli tried to attack from far but he was quickly overtaken. Then there was no denying Groenewegen and even Ewan's last ditch effort was not enough to prevent the Dutchman to become the first leader of this Paris-Nice.


Stage 1: Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 138.5 km
1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 3:17:35
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Soudal
3 Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
4 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
7 Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
8 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
10 Anthony Turgis (Fra) Direct Energie
11 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
12 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
14 André Greipel (Ger) Team Arkéa-Samsic
15 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky
16 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe
17 Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
18 Luis León Sanchez (Esp) Astana Pro Team
19 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida
20 Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
21 Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team
22 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
23 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie
24 Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
25 Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
26 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Direct Energie
27 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky
28 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
29 Patrick Müller (Sui) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
30 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team
31 Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
32 Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
33 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
34 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First
35 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Astana Pro Team
36 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic
37 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
38 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott
39 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
40 Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
41 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
42 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma
43 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
44 Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
45 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
46 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin
47 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
48 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team
49 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
50 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky
51 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
52 Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First
53 Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First
54 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
55 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
56 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma
57 Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Team Sky
58 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
59 Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
60 Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma all s.t.
61 Ivan Garcia (Esp) Bahrain-Merida 0:16
62 Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:24
63 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ 0:26
64 Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:00
65 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team s.t.
66 Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 1:01
67 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
68 Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
69 Francisco Ventoso (Esp) CCC Team all s.t.
70 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 1:02
71 Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team
72 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
73 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team
74 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
75 Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe all s.t.
76 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 1:03
77 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Esp) Mitchelton-Scott
78 Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First
79 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
80 Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
81 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 1:04
82 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
83 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First
84 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott all s.t.
85 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie 1:33
86 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 2:42
87 Nils Politt (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin 2:43
88 Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
89 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM both s.t.
90 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 2:44
91 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension Data
92 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Dimension Data
93 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
94 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe all s.t.
95 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:45
96 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data
97 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Katusha Alpecin
98 Reto Hollenstein (Sui) Team Katusha Alpecin all s.t.
99 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team Sunweb 2:46
100 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
101 Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
102 Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott
103 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic
104 Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM all s.t.
105 Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:47
106 Mathias Frank (Sui) AG2R La Mondiale
107 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Team Katusha Alpecin
108 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha Alpecin all s.t.
109 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:48
110 Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
111 Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-Quick-Step
112 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
113 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
114 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
115 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha Alpecin
116 Victor De La Parte (Esp) CCC Team
117 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
118 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
119 Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic
120 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ all s.t.
121 Bram Welten (Ned) Team Arkéa-Samsic 2:49
122 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel
123 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
124 Rafael Valls (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
125 Amael Moinard (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic 2:50
126 Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
127 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
128 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Astana Pro Team
129 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-Quick-Step all s.t.
130 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First 2:51
131 Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
132 Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data
133 Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie all s.t.
134 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ 2:52
135 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel s.t.
136 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) CCC Team 2:53
137 Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 4:30
138 Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team Emirates s.t.
139 Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates 4:31
140 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
141 Will Barta (USA) CCC Team
142 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team all s.t.
143 Hector Carretero (Esp) Movistar Team 4:32
144 Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Sky
145 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida
146 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Arkéa-Samsic all s.t.
147 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4:33
148 Casper Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb
149 Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko Marseille Provence KTM both s.t.
150 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie 4:34
151 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb 7:36
152 Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data 8:49
153 Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 8:50
154 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data
155 Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto Soudal both s.t.
156 Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education First 8:51
157 Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTM s.t.
158 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team Sunweb 12:59


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