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Tinkoff-Saxo recognizes positive signs at Paris-Nice despite unfulfilled GC ambitions

Tinkoff-Saxo didn’t meet the GC-ambitions that the team had started the race with, however Lars Michaelsen, team DS, underlines that there’re several positive factors to take home from the French race. The race was concluded in a mountain TT finishing on top of Col d’Èze. Here, Richie Porte proved the fastest, while he at the same time conquered the overall lead.

Robert Kiserlovski finished 20th in the overall classification, as best placed rider from Tinkoff-Saxo. And with Rafal Majka dropping out of GC-contention after stage 4, the team didn’t play a noticeable role in the fight for the leader’s jersey. But Lars Michaelsen underlines that the majority of the team fulfilled the expectations.

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“Rafal didn’t end up playing a significant role in the general classification, but it’s early in the season for him. However, besides the fact that we didn’t meet our GC ambitions, our guys did their job and Classics riders like Michael Mørkøv and Matti Breschel got some important race speed into the legs and showed that they’re ready to tackle the next part of the season”, says Lars Michaelsen, who notes that Paris-Nice once again showed that it’s a tough race:

“Paris-Nice is always hard with a lot of strong riders, and this year’s edition was no different. Normally, we race towards the sun at the Riviera but this year was the exact opposite. There’s always one of those exhaustive stages in Paris-Nice and we saw that again on stage 6, where both the stage profile and weather in combination made for a full frontal battle. I believe we performed well here, and Michael Valgren made a noticeable effort”.

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Matti Breschel was two times in the top-ten on stage 3 and 5 with tricky and hilly finales. After the race conclusion, Breschel explains that he’s happy with the progress made ahead of the spring classics.

“Overall, I’m satisfied with my Paris-Nice. However, we don’t, and shouldn’t, aim for secondary results, so our race could have been better. But I’ve made good progress during the eight stages and I’ve gotten some important kilometers into the legs before the Classics in March and April. I’m especially glad with how the mountainous stage 6 to Nice went, as I dug deep and my legs responded well”, says Matti Breschel, who’ll be heading to Milano-San Remo as his next race.

Paris-Nice was won by Richie Porte (Team Sky) in front of Michael Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) and Simon Spilak (Katusha) after a decisive TT up Col d’Èze.

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Stage 7 Result:
1. PORTE Richie
Team Sky 00:20:23
2. ŠPILAK Simon
Team Katusha 0:13
3. COSTA Rui
Lampre – Merida 0:24
4. MARTIN Tony
Etixx – Quick Step 0:29
5. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Etixx – Quick Step –
6. TALANSKY Andrew
Team Cannondale – Garmin 0:37
7. THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky 0:39
8. IZAGIRRE Ion
Movistar Team 0:50
9. WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal 0:54
10. IZAGIRRE Gorka
Movistar Team 0:55….
2. MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff – Saxo –
28. PAULINHO Sérgio
Tinkoff – Saxo 1:33
51. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo 2:12
53. SøRENSEN Chris Anker
Tinkoff – Saxo 2:14
60. KIšERLOVSKI Robert
Tinkoff – Saxo 2:28
75. MøRKøV Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo 2:56
76. POLJANSKI Pawel
Tinkoff – Saxo 2:57
General Classification:
1. PORTE Richie
Team Sky 29:10:41
2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Etixx – Quick Step 0:30
3. ŠPILAK Simon
Team Katusha –
4. COSTA Rui
Lampre – Merida –
5. THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky 0:41
6. GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal 1:03
7. FUGLSANG Jakob
Astana Pro Team 1:05
8. VALLS FERRI Rafael
Lampre – Merida 1:24
9. IZAGIRRE Gorka
Movistar Team 1:38
10. WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal 2:18…
20. KIšERLOVSKI Robert
Tinkoff – Saxo 11:08
42. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo 26:01
68. MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff – Saxo 40:19
72. SøRENSEN Chris Anker
Tinkoff – Saxo 44:20
76. PAULINHO Sérgio
Tinkoff – Saxo 46:56
77. POLJANSKI Pawel
Tinkoff – Saxo 47:07
103. MøRKøV Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo 1:00:58

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