The Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo), winner this Saturday at La Colmiane (Alpes-Maritimes) of the seventh and penultimate stage of the Paris-Nice, his third triumph in four days, consolidated his leadership and took a fundamental step towards the final victory .
Roglic overtook Swiss Gino Mader, survivor of a long escape, in the last meters at an altitude goal. The world number one, interested in the victory and the ten seconds bonus for the winner, had no mercy, without a gesture of chivalry that would have served him to gain popularity.
“I said to myself, ‘Why not?’ There was a chance and I took it, ”said Roglic, who now has a 52-second lead over second-placed German Maximilian Schachmann.
The day, marked by a break of 13 runners that lasted until the beginning of the final ascent, was defined in La Colmiane, at 1,500 meters of altitude.
Mader distanced himself from American Neilson Powless less than 5 kilometers from the finish, but saw his lead cut short in the last meters by Roglic, who sprinted to win by two seconds.
Five seconds away, Schachmann was third and Australian Lucas Hamilton was fourth to eight. The fifth place went to the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov, ten.
This Sunday the eighth and last stage was cut short due to the confinement of the coastline around Nice. The route will be 92.5 kilometers, surrounding Levens, the town where the finish line will be located.
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