‘Anything else now is a bonus’ – Luke Plapp relishes shift into yellow at Paris-Nice

MONT BROUILLY FRANCE MARCH 06 Luke Plapp of Australia and Team Jayco AlUla celebrates at podium as Yellow Leader Jersey winner during the 82nd Paris Nice 2024 Stage 4 a 183km stage from ChalonsurSane to Mont Brouilly 476m UCIWT on March 06 2024 in Mont Brouilly France Photo by Alex BroadwayGetty Images
Luke Plapp (Jayco-AlUla) moves into the race lead and yellow at Paris-Nice on stage 4 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Luke Plapp (Jayco-AlUla) may have lined up at Paris-Nice hoping to take another step along the way in his journey to developing as a stage-race contender, but stepping into the race lead on stage 4 was clearly above and beyond even his most ambitious hopes.

After riding away from key overall rivals – which included Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) and Primož Roglič (Bora-Hansgrohe) – and holding on for second place at the top of Mont Brouilly, the Australian champion will be lining up in yellow on Thursday.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.