Analysis: Roglic lays down early marker at Paris-Nice

Slovenian Primoz Roglic of Team JumboVisma pictured in action during the third stage of 79th edition of the ParisNice cycling race a 144 km individual time trial from Gien to Gien France Tuesday 09 March 2021 BELGA PHOTO DAVID STOCKMAN Photo by DAVID STOCKMANBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
Slovenian Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo-Visma pictured in action during stage 3 ITT at Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Primož Roglič may be a Paris-Nice debutant, but he knows from painful experience that stage races in France are never over before the final weekend. Even so, the Slovenian has put himself in prime position to wear the yellow jersey on the Promenade des Anglais on Sunday thanks to an assured display in the stage 3 time trial around Gien.

Paris-Nice is Roglič’s first race of 2021, and this was his first time trial since Jumbo-Visma switched to Cervélo bikes, but one wouldn’t have guessed from the way he navigated the succession of twists and turns that punctuated the 14.4km course. He had to settle for third on the stage, six seconds down on winner Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo), but he was, as anticipated, the best-placed of the general classification contenders. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.