Pogacar conquers the general of Paris-Nice in a big way and adds his ninth victory in 2023

The legs are not going to respond to the rival’s orderly, who wins. But he knows how to suffer to save the title with the help of his faithful squire. A sequence with Simon Yates, Primoz Roglic and Wout van Aert as protagonists that was quite a spectacle at the close of the last Paris-Nice, with that classic mid-mountain chained that lends itself so much to turning the race upside down. This year, the race was played in a handful of seconds, but the wearer of the yellow jersey did not show any weakness… What’s more, he only confirmed his infinite superiority over the rest of the cyclists on the planet, because he seems to come from another .

Tadej Pogacar He did it again, with a tremendous attack on the Col d’Eze that gave him the solo victory in the last stage of the Carrera del Sol. He crossed the finish line bowing, the culmination of another masterpiece with which he conquered his first overall in the French round to add his ninth win of the season. And we are still in March! The qualifiers run out, just like some rivals who, powerless, are content to follow in their wake from a distance. On this occasion, neither David Gaudu nor Jonas Vingegaard, his companions on the podium, could even try.

Pogacar crosses the finish line bowing.

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Pogacar crosses the finish line bowing.ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP

The effort would be short, during 118 km of stage, but intense, with five practically chained ports (Côte de Levens, Côte de Châteauneuf, Côte de Berre-les-Alpes, Côte de Peille and Eze) that would allow distant movements and different strategies. One-X decided to move from the start with Alexander Kristoff and Jonas Gregaard, but they barely made it. The Norwegian, in fact, got off the hook at the first port and it was not until on the way to the second when a fifteen runners breakaway who gained just over a minute over the peloton. Ion Izagirre and David de la Cruz, Although without aspirations in the general, they managed to filter in Spanish representation.

Until then, the race pace had been dizzying: 42.3 km/h on average during the first hour of the stage, ascent to two ports included. With the squad hot on the heels of the escapees, Wout Poels He decided to stand up to the penultimate level. He reached the front runners and removed their stickers, without hesitation, and for a few kilometers he battled nicely with a group of favorites that already numbered barely twenty units. But Pogacar, who was not willing to leave even the crumbs, put the UAE machinery full revs. Before reaching the Col d’Eze, Groupama tried to surprise in the intermediate sprint, but the leader prevented it: beastly acceleration and 4 more seconds of bonus to the pocket. Gaudu, powerless in the face of such power, was content to follow in its wake a few meters away to take 2″.

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Poels was neutralized with 27 km to go and… Eze arrived. On the first ramps it moved Simon Yates with more heart than legs, with the intention of turning around a general that was already determined. Although they still did not know it… With the movement of the British, the group of favorites was selected, which was headed by Gaudu, Vingegaard, Pogacar and a fabulous matteo jorgenson which continues to confirm the great future that it augurs. But with 19 km to go, it was all over. pogi He wanted to put things in their place, hit the table and, if necessary, claim another day. His change of pace, sitting down, was unattainable. The rhythm of him, as he ascended with a large plate, even more. He had time to savor solo success at the Nice finish line, where another of his masterpieces culminated. And the ones that remain…

Results of the 8th stage

1st Tadej Pogacar (UAE) – 2h 51:02

2nd Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – at 33″

3rd David Gaudu (Groupama FDJ) – mt

4th Simon Yates (Jayco) – mt

5º Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) – mt

Final General of the 81st Paris-Nice

1º Tadej Pogacar (UAE) – 24h 01:38

2nd David Gaudu (Groupama) – at 53″

3rd Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo) – 1:39

4th Simon Yates (Jayco) – 2:14

12th david de la cruz (Astana) – 9:18

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