Paris-Nice: Gaudu bruised but hoping to challenge over final weekend

UAE Tour 2020 2nd Edition 5th stage Al Ain Jebel Hafeet 162 km 27022020 David Gaudu FRA Groupama FDJ photo Dario BelingheriBettiniPhoto2020
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

While Primož Roglič has hitherto sailed serenely through every challenge that he’s faced at Paris-Nice, the same can’t be said for his rivals at 'the race to the sun'. Richie Porte crashed out on day one, his Ineos Grenadiers co-leader Tao Geoghegan Hart suffered the same fate on stage 4, and UAE Team Emirates’ Brandon McNulty went the same way on stage 6.

Although he’s made it to the final weekend, Groupama-FDJ leader David Gaudu has also seen his hopes hit by a crash, the same one that took out Geoghegan Hart on the second descent from Mont Brouilly in Beaujolais hills. 

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).