Roglic Grabs Third Paris-Nice Stage Win to Close on Victory


La Colmiane, France, March 13 (AFP/APP): Primoz Roglic won his third stage of this year’s Paris-Nice on Saturday, consolidating his lead in the yellow jersey with victory atop the summit finish at Valdeblore La Colmiane.

The Slovenian rider chased down Switzerland’s Gino Mader, the last man standing from stage seven’s early breakaway, to extend his advantage to 52 seconds heading into Sunday’s finale. Ireland’s Sam Bennett set off among 13 cyclists who broke clear early into the 119km stage from Le Broc, but the escape group splintered on the final climb to La Colmiane, located at 1500m altitude. Mader attacked and distanced Neilson Powless less than 5km from the finish but saw his lead melt away as Roglic hit the accelerator before sprinting to a third win in four days.

Tour de France runner-up Roglic edged Mader by two seconds with Maximilian Schachmann third on the day. The German is second to Roglic overall. Sunday’s concluding stage, which traditionally finishes on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, will end instead in the town of Levens, to avoid a local Covid lockdown. It will start from the Plan du Var, about 30km north of Nice, and will take the form of a quasi-loop.

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