Berliner Tageszeitung - Jumbo rampage delivers Paris-Nice surprise for rookie

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Jumbo rampage delivers Paris-Nice surprise for rookie




Jumbo rampage delivers Paris-Nice surprise for rookie
Jumbo rampage delivers Paris-Nice surprise for rookie / Foto: © AFP

Jumbo giants Primoz Roglic and Wout van Aert stepped aside at Paris-Nice on Sunday and let new team-mate Christophe Laporte win stage 1 and the yellow jersey after dropping the peloton in a stunning attack.

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The flat opening stage of the eight-day race had been set up for a likely bunch sprint, but the Dutch team, packed with powerful riders, broke away 5km from home on a small incline and the trio eventually crossed the line 20 seconds ahead.

Senior riders Roglic and Van Aert had a brief chat and then told Laporte, on his first big race in his first season with Jumbo to edge a ahead and take the honours.

"It's incredible," Laporte said at the line. "They told me first about 1km away from the line, it wasn't planned and neither was the attack. Primoz and Wout were well placed and we just went for it.

Monday's second stage runs through the vast agricultural plains between Paris and Orleans, and may also be decided by a breakaway of some kind.

K. Petersen--BTZ