Primoz Roglic lurking in third place after Paris-Nice time trial

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
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) tackles the stage 3 Paris-Nice time trial in Gien (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Primož Roglič started Paris-Nice as the favourite for the overall title at the end of the week, and third place in the stage 3 time trial in Gien on Tuesday only cemented that status.

Although the Jumbo-Visma rider finished half a dozen seconds down on winner Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) and runner-up Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), his time proved to be the quickest among the likely GC contenders at 'the race to the sun', which will enter the hills for the first time on day four.

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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).