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March 8/17 17:04 pm - Paris Nice: Stage 4


Posted by Editoress on 03/8/17
 

France's Julian Alaphilippe went up a gear in his career with his exciting victory in the 14.5-km time trial to Mont-Brouilly on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Quick Step leader, one of cycling's most promising prospects, snatched his first Paris-Nice stage and his first yellow jersey in great style, beating Alberto Contador by 19 seconds and another French hopeful, Tony Gallopin (Loto-Soudal), by 20 seconds. Overall, the Frenchman holds a comfortable 33 seconds lead over Gallopin with Spain's Gorka Izaguirre (Movistar) third, 47 seconds adrift. Contador is 8th in the GC, 1:31 behind the new leader.

Arndt surprise leader
Andrea Guardini (UAE) was first in action but was overtaken in the climb by Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale). The first fastest time to hold a little longer was the one clocked by Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) in 22:50. The German proved in the climb to Mont Brouilly he was more than just a fast sprinter. It took nearly an hour and a half to see former Vuelta red jersey holder David de la Cruz improve his mark on 22:24. Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), at that stage fastest at the bottom of the climb, also bettered Arndt's time in 22:33.

Porte too cautious?
Among the favorites at the start, four-time time trial world champion Tony Martin (Katusha) had to be content with trailing De la Cruz by 19 seconds in 22:53. Australia's Michael Matthews (Sunweb) was far more convincing, scoring the fastest time on the flat section in 14 minutes exactly before flattering slightly on the hill and finish on the heels of De la Cruz in 22:26. His compatriot Richie Porte was probably too cautious before the ascent. While he was 51 seconds off the pace at the bottom, the 2013 and 2015 Paris-Nice winner was only five seconds behind De la Cruz on the line. He eventually took the 10th place.

Contador impresses
Alberto Contador paced his effort much better. Third at the 11.4-km mark, the 2007 and 2010 winner of the Race to the Sun smashed the opposition in the ascent, improving De la Cruz's mark by 26 seconds. It seemed enough for the Spaniard to clinch his 6th stage victory in the Race to the Sun, especially after Tony Gallopin and Gorka Izaguirre both finished one second behind him.

Alaphilippe steals the show
But Alaphilippe rapidly set the record straight. As his rivals were holding their breath in anticipation, the Frenchman was the fastest by far at the 11.4-km mark and he did not falter in the ascent, finally winning his first major time trial by an impressive 19-second margin. Starting last, stage 1 winner and yellow jersey holder Arnaud Demare (FDJ) did his best, finishing 1:41 off the pace in 47th place.
ASO press release

Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac Team) finished 124th and sits 160th in GC. Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) finished 156th and sits 126th in GC



Results

Stage 4: Beaujeu to Mont Brouilly ITT, 14.5 km
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 21:39
2 Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo at 0:19
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:20
4 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Esp) Movistar Team s.t.
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:33
6 David de la Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors 0:45
7 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:47
8 Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:48
9 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Esp) Bahrain-Merida 0:49
10 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:50
11 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:54
12 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:59
13 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 1:03
14 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 1:04
15 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
16 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac Team 1:06
17 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 1:11
18 Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie 1:12
19 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 1:13
20 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
 
124 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac Team 3:19
156 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 4:27
 
GC
1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 12:36:27
2 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal at 0:33
3 Gorka Izagirre (Esp) Movistar Team 0:47
4 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 1:05
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 1:20
6 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 1:24
7 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 1:28
8 Alberto Contador (Esp) Trek-Segafredo 1:31
9 Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJ 1:32
10 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 1:35
11 Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 1:58
12 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors s.t.
13 Jon Izaguirre (Esp) Bahrain-Merida 2:01
14 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac Team 2:10
15 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 2:16
16 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac Team 2:18
17 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 2:58
18 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 3:12
19 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 3:25
20 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 3:49
 
126 Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 35:01
160 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac Team 43:17


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