Max Schachmann overhauls Primoz Roglic on final stage of Paris-Nice

Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won Paris-Nice after Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) endured a nightmare final day of the race.

Magnus Cort (EF Education-Nippo) won the sprint ahead of Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) from a diminished peloton to claim victory of the stage, but the peloton was absent of Roglic, who had been dropped earlier in the stage having suffered two crashes earlier in the stage.

With Roglic out of contention, Schachmann was able to cover attacks made by the Astana Premier Tech duo of Alexander Vlasov and Ion Izagirre, who end the race second and third overall.

Roglic's problems began early in the stage when he crashed for the first time.

Although he was able to make it back to the bunch on that occasion, a second crash later on proved to be more fatal, as he was distanced from the peloton and unable to catch back up after he quickly ran out of teammates, and the peloton pressed on.

His rivals' decision not to sit up and let him return will inevitably be seen as controversial although Roglic himself was magnanimous at the finish, where he found and offered Schachmann a fist bump.

Roglic's agony was Schachmann's ecstasy, as the German defended a title he had looked certain to cede to the Slovenian.

Neither did he come under much pressure from other riders hoping to take Roglic's yellow jersey instead of him, as the final climb to the finish lacked a severe enough gradient to cause selections.

Instead, a sizable bunch sprint decided the stage win, won by Magnus Cort.

"It was a very intense stage, three times over the same climb," said the Dane at the finish. "It was hard to predict...and then we had the Primoz crash. But in the end, it came down to a sprint, and I was still there, so I'm very happy.

"It was a very tactical last few kilometres, as there were no trains to keep the speed up and keep people in position. It was really about keeping the elbows, and I kind of did a little bit of my own lead-out. I'd seen the finish coming around the last two times and knew it was really quick and that there was a small corner with 150m to go. So I thought if I was first through that corner then nobody could pass me."

How it unfolded

Contrary to custom, the final stage of this year's Paris-Nice did not actually finish in Nice, but Levens instead, as Covid-related lockdown restrictions prevented the riders from visiting the Promenade des Anglais.

Reduced to just 92.7km, the stage was expected to be fast and furious, and indeed multiple attacks were launched from the flag.

Several riders spent time out front before being caught again, as no decisive breakaway was formed. Among them were Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar), who attempted the kind of sneaky move up the road these short final stages are renowned for to improve his position of 10th on GC.

The first major incident of the stage happened at the back of the race, rather than the front. Overall leader Primoz Roglic went down in a fall, suffering a painful-looking road rash to his left thigh, that was clearly visible through his torn jersey.

He was paced back into the peloton by his Jumbo-Visma teammates, but the question of whether the fall would weaken the hitherto unflappable Slovenian hovered tantalisingly over the race.

The next significant attacks weren't made by GC contenders smelling blood, however. Instead, a four-man group consisting of Tim Declercq (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-Nippo), Sven Bystrøm (UAE Team Emirates) and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) went clear.

They were joined by Warren Barguil (Arkea Samsic), Cees Bol (Team DSM) Stefano Oldani (Lotto Soudal) and Laurens De Plus (Ineos Grenadiers), who bridged across on the second of the day's three ascents of Cote de Duranus.

While that group remained within 30 seconds, there were still plenty of riders intent on joining them up the road, as things failed to settle down in the peloton and attacks continued to be attempted.

A group of nine riders succeeded in going clear at about 40km from the finish, comprised of Omar Fraile and Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Premier Tech), Krists Neilands (Israel Start-Up Nation), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates), Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo), Damien Touzé (AG2R-Citroen) and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious).

The two groups came together 24km from the finish, at which point Rutsch attacked, joined by Bystrom, Bernard and Barguil.

Back in the peloton, there was more drama, as Roglic found himself out the back of the peloton again on the run-in to the final climb, having suffered a seconds crash. He was briefly left to pull a group that had been distanced until teammates dropped back to help him.

Sensing that the race for overall victory was on, Bora-Hansgrohe and then multiple other teams upped the pace in the peloton.

An increasingly desperate Roglic burned out all of his teammates, and, save for a few helping hands offered by riders like Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea-Samsic) and Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-Assos), was left to chase for himself. Against the combined strength of the teams working together in the peloton, he began to lose more and more time.

The intense racing rang the death knell for the breakaway, which was caught by the peloton on the third and final ascent of Cote de Duranas, 11km from the finish.

By this time, Max Schachmann was the new virtual leader.

On the climb, Astana Premier Tech switched their attention from distancing Jumbo-Visma to working over Schachmann, with Vlasov attacking, and Izagirre pinning himself to Schachmann's lead when he covered the attack.

With both the GC and the stage win up for grabs, and no team with the numbers to control the diminished peloton, there was a flurry of attacks and counter-attacks on the 5.5km uphill drag to the finish.

However, none of them managed to stick, with the gradient not being severe enough for gaps to open up between the GC riders.

Gino Mader (Bahrain-Victorious), Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) and Neilands were the only riders who managed to get a gap, but they too were caught 1.8km from the finish.

The race, therefore, ended in a sprint, allowing Cort to take the stage victory, and Schachmann the overall victory.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo 2:16:58
2Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
3Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie
4Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious
5Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
6Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers
7Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
8Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
9Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
10Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
11Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team DSM
12Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
13Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
14Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
15Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
16Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
17Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
18Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
19Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
20Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
21Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team
22Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:14
23Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Qhubeka Assos
24Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:00:38
25Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:39
26Jai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM
27Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 0:01:05
28Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
29Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:01:39
30Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
31Fabien Doubey (Fra) Total Direct Energie
32Julien El Fares (Fra) EF Education-Nippo
33Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
34Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
35Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation
36José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
37Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers
38Sam Bennett (Irl) Deceuninck-QuickStep
39Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
40Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
41Dries De Bondt (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:02:21
42Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:24
43Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
44Connor Swift (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
45Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
46Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo
47Fabio Aru (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
48Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
49Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
50Ben Swift (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
51Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
52Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
53Bob Jungels (Lux) AG2R Citroën Team
54Andrey Amador (CRc) Ineos Grenadiers
55Laurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers
56Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:03:08
57Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 0:04:10
58Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
59Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech
60Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
61Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix
62Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
63Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
64Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team
65Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
66Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
67Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
68Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
69Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Movistar Team
70Matthias Brändle (Aut) Israel Start-up Nation
71Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
72Nils Politt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:11
73Rick Zabel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation
74Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix
75Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
76Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Team DSM
77Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:07:14
78Luke Durbridge (Aus) Team BikeExchange
79Sander Armée (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:08:25
80David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:08:41
81Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
82Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
83Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
84Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
85Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
86Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain Victorious
87Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma 0:09:07
88George Bennett (NZl) Jumbo-Visma
89Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
90Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
91Marco Haller (Aut) Bahrain Victorious
92Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo 0:09:09
93Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM 0:09:47
94Casper Pedersen (Den) Team DSM
95Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:10:11
96Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
97Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
98Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
99Daniel McLay (GBr) Team Arkea-Samsic
100Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Total Direct Energie
101Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
102Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
103John Degenkolb (Ger) Lotto Soudal
104Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
105Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
106Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 0:10:14
107Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team Qhubeka Assos
108Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
109Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
110Cees Bol (Ned) Team DSM
111Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
112Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo
113Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:13:24
114Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis
115Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
116Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis
117Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
118Jelle Wallays (Bel) Cofidis
119André Greipel (Ger) Israel Start-up Nation
120Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
121Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
122Jonas Koch (Ger) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
123Boy van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
124Danny van Poppel (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
125Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
126Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ
127Jonathan Hivert (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:15:39
DNFPascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNFLennard Hofstede (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNFJos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
DNSGiacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos
DNFAlexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
DNFDavid Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
DNFAlexander Konychev (Ita) Team BikeExchange
DNFHeinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
DNFJohan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
DNFSebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Movistar Team
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Sprint 1 - Levens, km. 20.2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 3
2Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-up Nation 2
3Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange 1
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Sprint 2 - Levens, km. 56.4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 3
2Laurens De Plus (Bel) Ineos Grenadiers 2
3Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo 1
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Points
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo 15
2Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis 12
3Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie 9
4Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious 7
5Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 6
6Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 5
7Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 4
8Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 3
9Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 2
10Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 1
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Mountain 1 - Côte De Duranus km. 11.8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 5
2Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious 3
3Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Qhubeka Assos 2
4Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 1
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Mountain 2 - Côte De Duranus km. 48.1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 5
2Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 3
3Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 2
4Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 1
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Mountain 3 - Côte De Duranus km. 84.3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 5
2Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 3
3Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 2
4Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 1
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 2:16:58
2Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
3Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
4Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
5Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
7Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:39
8Jai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM
9Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:02:24
10Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
11Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo
12Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Astana-Premier Tech 0:04:10
13Stefano Oldani (Ita) Lotto Soudal
14Senne Leysen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:07:11
15Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:08:41
16Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team
17Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
18Nils Eekhoff (Ned) Team DSM 0:09:47
19Casper Pedersen (Den) Team DSM
20Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:10:14
21Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo
22Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo
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Combativity
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
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Teams
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bahrain Victorious 6:50:54
2Astana-Premier Tech
3AG2R Citroën Team 0:00:39
4Cofidis 0:01:05
5Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:03:18
6EF Education-Nippo 0:04:03
7Ineos Grenadiers
8Movistar Team
9Team Arkea-Samsic 0:04:48
10Lotto Soudal
11UAE Team Emirates 0:05:08
12Israel Start-up Nation 0:06:03
13B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:06:34
14Team DSM 0:07:50
15Team BikeExchange 0:07:52
16Trek-Segafredo 0:09:59
17Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:10:29
18Alpecin-Fenix 0:10:41
19Team Qhubeka Assos 0:11:03
20Total Direct Energie 0:11:50
21Bora-Hansgrohe 0:14:25
22Jumbo-Visma 0:21:22
23Groupama-FDJ 0:35:55
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General classification after stage 8
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 28:49:51
2Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:19
3Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:00:23
4Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:00:41
5Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Team DSM 0:00:42
6Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:14
7Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:18
8Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team 0:01:29
9Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:31
10Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:32
11Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:41
12Ben O'Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:44
13Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:49
14Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:01:55
15Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:02:16
16Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:02:17
17Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech 0:02:31
18Jai Hindley (Aus) Team DSM 0:02:36
19Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Team Qhubeka Assos 0:02:40
20Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious 0:03:09
21Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Start-up Nation 0:03:13
22Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM 0:03:20
23Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:04:09
24Simon Geschke (Ger) Cofidis 0:04:12
25Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo 0:05:37
26Fabio Aru (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos