Paris - Nice 2021, March 7 - March 14

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Best win of Bol’s career. He’s had a lot of support from DSM with limited returns so it must feel great to produce the goods at a big race. He looked plenty fast there. It was interesting to see him winning a drag race with Pedersen.

Bennett was coming like a rocket from way way back, but of course that’s exaggerated by the effect of sprinting in slipstreams. i hope Ackermann’s ok. He and Demare continue the wait for their first wins...
 
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Quickstep were too far back before the crash considering how twisty the final km was - overconfident maybe. Bennett was behind Bora when they went down but able to get by on the inside (losing at most a bike length or two) whereas Demare was on the outside and had no chance
 
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It will be interesting to compare tomorrows ITT results with the results from the UAE Tour ITT. The one in UAE was 13km and completely flat. Tomorrow we'll have 14km flat, but with a small bump in the beginning. Bissegger will be the reference point. He was second in UAE, 14s behind Ganna and 10s ahead of Pogačar. We can use also LLS as reference, he was 5th in UAE at 30s behind Ganna.
 
Bisseger, Kragh Andersen, Dennis, Campenaerts, Cavagna. Will be really interesting to see the battle for the stage win. And to see how close can Roglič be to this powerful ITT machines for the short and mostly flat stuff.
 
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I would throw Pedersen and Matthews into the mix.
I would throw them out again. Bling needs a prologue-short and technical time trial, and Mads would also be better in a TT with more stop-and-go elements on the route. Seems to be a real Bert Grabsch-time trial, this one. Both guys will go for it, though, but a top20 is more likely than a top5.
 
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Mads would also be better in a TT with more stop-and-go elements on the route.
His best ITTs has been on the San Benedetto del Tronto course.

 

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