Analysis: Paris-Nice win all but decided after Roglic's stage 4 attack

TOPSHOT Team Jumbo rider Slovenias Primoz Roglic rides in a breakaway during the 4th stage of the 79th Paris Nice cycling race 1875 km between ChalonsurSaone and Chiroubles on March 10 2021 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) during his stage-winning attack to Chiroubles at Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Wednesday afternoon saw Jumbo-Visma double their win tally for the season as Wout van Aert sprinted to victory in Tirreno-Adriatico minutes after Primož Roglič's solo win in Paris-Nice. But while there's much debate over the Belgian's chances of competing for the overall win in Italy, it would already be hard to find anyone willing to bet against a Roglič triumph in Nice on Sunday.

Yes, the race may only be halfway done, with a 16-kilometre summit finish and an intense, hilly closer around Nice still on the menu, but such was the ease with which Roglič ascended Chiroubles and into the yellow jersey, his 35-second GC lead now looks almost insurmountable.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.