Gino Mäder close to tears as Roglic flies past 'like a plane' at Paris-Nice

Paris-Nice 2021 stage 7
Gino Mäder (Bahrain Victorious) battles on during his nearly successful attack on stage 7 of Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images)

At the finish of Paris-Nice's penultimate stage Gino Mäder passed the 50 metres-to-go marker at the top of Valdeblore La Colmiane and decided to take a final look over his shoulder before sitting up and celebrating his first victory as a WorldTour pro. Just before he could do so, his vision flashed yellow, and by the time his focus was back on the finish line, there was another figure punching the air.

It was Primož Roglič, but Mäder later said it felt more like an aeroplane. Such was the speed with which he was overtaken, one of his first thoughts was to worry he might catch a cold.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.