Paris-Nice stage 1: Schachmann takes opener after attritional day in the rain

German national champion takes opening stage from four-up sprint after gritty day of classics-style racing.

Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the opening stage of Paris-Nice Sunday, winning from a four-up sprint after a day of classics-style racing through northern France.

The German champion took the sprint ahead of Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren), Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). The foursome came together in the final five kilometers of the stage after Teuns and Schachmann bridged across to breakaway pair Benoot and Alaphilippe.

“I’m really happy it all worked out for me,” Schachmann said at the finish.

“It was the first really hard race of the year for me. I didn’t know how I am, and my legs were a little bit painful through the day. But in the end, I could see the others had even more pain. I’m really happy I could bring home this victory for Bora-Hansgrohe.”

While Schachmann could be very happy with his day’s work, GC contenders Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) both lost over two minutes on the likes of Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), all who finished in the main bunch behind the lead quartet.

The race, looping in and out of Plaisir, west of Paris, was battered by wind, rain and a succession of hills all day, and with a tough cobbled climb just five kilometers from the finish, looked a difficult prospect for the pure sprinters.

In the classics-style conditions, classics style racing ensued. The race blew apart with around 60km to go after pressure on the front from Groupama-FDJ and Sunweb, coupled with a handful of crashes, saw the race split down into a number of small groups. Around 20 riders went up the road, with Groupama-FDJ, Sunweb, and Deceuninck-Quick Step all getting several riders up front.

Benoot and Alaphilippe rolled the dice on 30km to go, attacking out of the lead group over a small climb, and the pair soon gained around 30 seconds of a gap.

When the chase group grew to almost 40 riders, the breakaway pair’s chances of making it to the line looked limited, and as the race came into the final climb before the finish, they only had around 12 seconds of a gap. Schachmann and Teuns were the next to gamble and jumped out of the peloton over the slick cobbled climb, and were able to bridge across to Alaphilippe and Benoot.

The four worked together to stay away from the chasing bunch before the attacks started flying in the final kilometer. Benoot went first, only for Teuns to counter with 500 meters to go. Schachmann managed to jump onto the Bahrain-McLaren rider’s wheel, and launched out from behind him with 100 meters to go, powering to a convincing victory.

The French race had gotten underway against the odds as the coronavirus epidemic has seen Italian WorldTour races being canceled and teams withdrawing from all racing for the near future. With the news that ‘rival’ race Tirreno-Adriatico was being scrapped, many riders used Paris-Nice to fill gaps in their schedule – and Schachmann was one of them. The last-minute call up to the race gave the German his first WorldTour win since scooping three stages at Itzulia Basque Country last year.

“I had already a great start at Volta ao Algarve. I missed a stage by a few centimeters and so I’m pleased to win here at a WorldTour race,” he said. “I had planned to go to Italy but actually France turned out as a good solve for me.”

Racing resumes Monday with a sprint stage into Chalette-sur-Loing.

Paris - Nice Stage 1 Results

1SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe3:32:19
2TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren0:00
3BENOOT TiesjTeam Sunweb0:00
4ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step0:03
5BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:15
6POLITT NilsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:15
7NIZZOLO GiacomoNTT Pro Cycling0:15
8HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling0:15
9GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:15
10LAMPAERT YvesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
11DEGENKOLB JohnLotto Soudal0:15
12ŠTYBAR ZdeněkDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
13GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal0:15
14ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step0:15
15STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo0:15
16NEILANDS KristsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:15
17BILBAO PelloBahrain - McLaren0:15
18DOUBEY FabienCircus - Wanty Gobert0:15
19MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ0:15
20KANGERT TanelEF Pro Cycling0:15
21NIBALI VincenzoTrek - Segafredo0:15
22WOODS MichaelEF Pro Cycling0:15
23KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb0:15
24WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:15
25PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ0:15
26MATTHEWS MichaelTeam Sunweb0:15
27NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale0:15
28QUINTANA NairoTeam Arkéa Samsic0:15
29ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb0:15
30SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe0:30
31CAMPENAERTS VictorNTT Pro Cycling0:39
32KONRAD PatrickBORA - hansgrohe0:48
33LEMOINE CyrilCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:36
34GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain - McLaren1:44
35SWIFT ConnorTeam Arkéa Samsic1:44
36DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal1:44
37VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Pro Cycling1:44
38JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step2:00
39LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ2:16
40KREUZIGER RomanNTT Pro Cycling2:42
41BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale2:42
42KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ2:42
43VAN ASBROECK TomIsrael Start-Up Nation2:42
44PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo2:42
45SCHÖNBERGER SebastianB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:42
46PASQUALON AndreaCircus - Wanty Gobert2:42
47EL FARES JulienNIPPO DELKO One Provence2:42
48VALGREN MichaelNTT Pro Cycling2:42
49BIERMANS JentheIsrael Start-Up Nation2:42
50MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:42
51ŠIŠKEVIČIUS EvaldasNIPPO DELKO One Provence2:42
52CALMEJANE LilianTeam Total Direct Energie2:42
53CRADDOCK LawsonEF Pro Cycling2:42
54PACHER QuentinB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:42
55VERMOTE JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:57
56BACKAERT FrederikB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:57
57ANACONA WinnerTeam Arkéa Samsic2:57
58CARUSO DamianoBahrain - McLaren2:57
59ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal2:57
60EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:06
61PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - McLaren3:06
62RAJOVIĆ DušanNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:06
63GIBBONS RyanNTT Pro Cycling3:06
64THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo3:09
65DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal3:16
66DÍAZ José ManuelNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:16
67MEURISSE XandroCircus - Wanty Gobert3:16
68FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal3:16
69VAN GESTEL DriesTeam Total Direct Energie3:16
70HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain - McLaren3:26
71GAUTIER CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM3:41
72LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ3:41
73DRUCKER JempyBORA - hansgrohe3:41
74TERPSTRA NikiTeam Total Direct Energie3:41
75HOFSTETTER HugoIsrael Start-Up Nation3:41
76TRARIEUX JulienNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:41
77DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ3:41
78BOUHANNI NacerTeam Arkéa Samsic3:41
79QUINTANA DayerTeam Arkéa Samsic3:41
80DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step3:41
81LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ3:41
82SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ3:41
83BETTIOL AlbertoEF Pro Cycling3:41
84PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:47
85MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step3:47
86TOUZÉ DamienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:47
87DE GENDT AiméCircus - Wanty Gobert3:47
88VANSPEYBROUCK PieterCircus - Wanty Gobert3:47
89PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale3:47
90BARBIER RudyIsrael Start-Up Nation4:06
91BONIFAZIO NiccolòTeam Total Direct Energie4:10
92ALLEGAERT PietCofidis, Solutions Crédits4:10
93BENNETT SamDeceuninck - Quick Step4:10
94CHEREL MikaëlAG2R La Mondiale5:36
95BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Start-Up Nation5:56
96COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale7:23
97SCULLY TomEF Pro Cycling8:51
98ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo9:33
99TRATNIK JanBahrain - McLaren9:33
100HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb9:33
101EEKHOFF NilsTeam Sunweb9:33
102SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe9:33
103VIVIANI EliaCofidis, Solutions Crédits9:33
104GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R La Mondiale9:33
105DEBUSSCHERE JensB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM9:33
106LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale9:33
107KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal10:51
108EWAN CalebLotto Soudal10:51
109NOVAK DomenBahrain - McLaren10:51
110DENZ NicoTeam Sunweb11:27
111NAVARDAUSKAS RamūnasNIPPO DELKO One Provence11:27
112REZA KévinB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM12:03
113COQUARD BryanB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM12:03
114SIMON JulienTeam Total Direct Energie14:47
115HIVERT JonathanTeam Total Direct Energie14:47
116MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo14:47
117COMBAUD RomainNIPPO DELKO One Provence14:47
118GOGL MichaelNTT Pro Cycling14:47
119PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale14:47
120WALSCHEID MaxNTT Pro Cycling14:47
121BARTHE CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:47
122O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling14:47
123MCLAY DanielTeam Arkéa Samsic14:47
124ROSA DiegoTeam Arkéa Samsic14:47
125VANMARCKE SepEF Pro Cycling14:47
126PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo14:47
127PETIT AdrienTeam Total Direct Energie14:47
128TURGIS AnthonyTeam Total Direct Energie14:47
129VAN POPPEL BoyCircus - Wanty Gobert14:47
130KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo14:47
131DEVRIENDT TomCircus - Wanty Gobert14:47
132SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe14:47
133ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe14:47
1SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe3:32:09
2BENOOT TiesjTeam Sunweb0:02
3TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren0:04
4ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step0:07
5BILBAO PelloBahrain - McLaren0:24
6MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ0:24
7BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:25
8POLITT NilsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:25
9NIZZOLO GiacomoNTT Pro Cycling0:25
10HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling0:25
11GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:25
12LAMPAERT YvesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:25
13DEGENKOLB JohnLotto Soudal0:25
14ŠTYBAR ZdeněkDeceuninck - Quick Step0:25
15GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal0:25
16ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step0:25
17STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo0:25
18NEILANDS KristsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:25
19DOUBEY FabienCircus - Wanty Gobert0:25
20KANGERT TanelEF Pro Cycling0:25
21NIBALI VincenzoTrek - Segafredo0:25
22WOODS MichaelEF Pro Cycling0:25
23KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam Sunweb0:25
24WÜRTZ SCHMIDT MadsIsrael Start-Up Nation0:25
25PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ0:25
26MATTHEWS MichaelTeam Sunweb0:25
27NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale0:25
28QUINTANA NairoTeam Arkéa Samsic0:25
29ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb0:25
30SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe0:40
31CAMPENAERTS VictorNTT Pro Cycling0:49
32KONRAD PatrickBORA - hansgrohe0:58
33LEMOINE CyrilCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:46
34GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain - McLaren1:54
35SWIFT ConnorTeam Arkéa Samsic1:54
36DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal1:54
37VAN GARDEREN TejayEF Pro Cycling1:54
38JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step2:10
39LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ2:26
40KREUZIGER RomanNTT Pro Cycling2:52
41BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale2:52
42KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ2:52
43VAN ASBROECK TomIsrael Start-Up Nation2:52
44PORTE RichieTrek - Segafredo2:52
45SCHÖNBERGER SebastianB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:52
46PASQUALON AndreaCircus - Wanty Gobert2:52
47EL FARES JulienNIPPO DELKO One Provence2:52
48VALGREN MichaelNTT Pro Cycling2:52
49BIERMANS JentheIsrael Start-Up Nation2:52
50MARTIN GuillaumeCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:52
51ŠIŠKEVIČIUS EvaldasNIPPO DELKO One Provence2:52
52CALMEJANE LilianTeam Total Direct Energie2:52
53CRADDOCK LawsonEF Pro Cycling2:52
54PACHER QuentinB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM2:52
55VERMOTE JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:07
56BACKAERT FrederikB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM3:07
57ANACONA WinnerTeam Arkéa Samsic3:07
58CARUSO DamianoBahrain - McLaren3:07
59ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal3:07
60EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:16
61PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - McLaren3:16
62RAJOVIĆ DušanNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:16
63GIBBONS RyanNTT Pro Cycling3:16
64THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo3:19
65DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal3:26
66DÍAZ José ManuelNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:26
67MEURISSE XandroCircus - Wanty Gobert3:26
68FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal3:26
69VAN GESTEL DriesTeam Total Direct Energie3:26
70HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain - McLaren3:36
71GAUTIER CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM3:51
72LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ3:51
73DRUCKER JempyBORA - hansgrohe3:51
74TERPSTRA NikiTeam Total Direct Energie3:51
75HOFSTETTER HugoIsrael Start-Up Nation3:51
76TRARIEUX JulienNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:51
77DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ3:51
78BOUHANNI NacerTeam Arkéa Samsic3:51
79QUINTANA DayerTeam Arkéa Samsic3:51
80DECLERCQ TimDeceuninck - Quick Step3:51
81LADAGNOUS MatthieuGroupama - FDJ3:51
82SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ3:51
83BETTIOL AlbertoEF Pro Cycling3:51
84PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:57
85MØRKØV MichaelDeceuninck - Quick Step3:57
86TOUZÉ DamienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:57
87DE GENDT AiméCircus - Wanty Gobert3:57
88VANSPEYBROUCK PieterCircus - Wanty Gobert3:57
89PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale3:57
90BARBIER RudyIsrael Start-Up Nation4:16
91BONIFAZIO NiccolòTeam Total Direct Energie4:20
92ALLEGAERT PietCofidis, Solutions Crédits4:21
93BENNETT SamDeceuninck - Quick Step4:21
94CHEREL MikaëlAG2R La Mondiale5:46
95BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Start-Up Nation6:06
96COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale7:33
97SCULLY TomEF Pro Cycling9:01
98ELISSONDE KennyTrek - Segafredo9:43
99TRATNIK JanBahrain - McLaren9:43
100HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb9:43
101EEKHOFF NilsTeam Sunweb9:43
102SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe9:43
103VIVIANI EliaCofidis, Solutions Crédits9:43
104GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R La Mondiale9:43
105DEBUSSCHERE JensB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM9:43
106LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale9:43
107KLUGE RogerLotto Soudal11:01
108EWAN CalebLotto Soudal11:01
109NOVAK DomenBahrain - McLaren11:01
110DENZ NicoTeam Sunweb11:37
111NAVARDAUSKAS RamūnasNIPPO DELKO One Provence11:37
112REZA KévinB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM12:13
113COQUARD BryanB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM12:13
114SIMON JulienTeam Total Direct Energie14:57
115HIVERT JonathanTeam Total Direct Energie14:57
116MULLEN RyanTrek - Segafredo14:57
117COMBAUD RomainNIPPO DELKO One Provence14:57
118GOGL MichaelNTT Pro Cycling14:57
119PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale14:57
120WALSCHEID MaxNTT Pro Cycling14:57
121BARTHE CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:57
122O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling14:57
123MCLAY DanielTeam Arkéa Samsic14:57
124ROSA DiegoTeam Arkéa Samsic14:57
125VANMARCKE SepEF Pro Cycling14:57
126PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo14:57
127PETIT AdrienTeam Total Direct Energie14:57
128TURGIS AnthonyTeam Total Direct Energie14:57
129VAN POPPEL BoyCircus - Wanty Gobert14:57
130KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo14:57
131DEVRIENDT TomCircus - Wanty Gobert14:57
132SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe14:57
133ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe14:57
1SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe15
2ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step13
3BENOOT TiesjTeam Sunweb13
4TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren12
5BOL CeesTeam Sunweb6
6POLITT NilsIsrael Start-Up Nation5
7NIZZOLO GiacomoNTT Pro Cycling4
8HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling3
9GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe2
10BILBAO PelloBahrain - McLaren1
11MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ1
12LAMPAERT YvesDeceuninck - Quick Step1
1HIVERT JonathanTeam Total Direct Energie8
2BENOOT TiesjTeam Sunweb4
3VAN GESTEL DriesTeam Total Direct Energie3
4ALAPHILIPPE JulianDeceuninck - Quick Step2
5COMBAUD RomainNIPPO DELKO One Provence2
6TEUNS DylanBahrain - McLaren1
1BOL CeesTeam Sunweb3:32:34
2HIGUITA SergioEF Pro Cycling0:00
3ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
4GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain - McLaren1:29
5SWIFT ConnorTeam Arkéa Samsic1:29
6BIERMANS JentheIsrael Start-Up Nation2:27
7RAJOVIĆ DušanNIPPO DELKO One Provence2:51
8DÍAZ José ManuelNIPPO DELKO One Provence3:01
9TOUZÉ DamienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:32
10PARET-PEINTRE AurélienAG2R La Mondiale3:32
11ALLEGAERT PietCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:56
12COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R La Mondiale7:08
13HAMILTON ChrisTeam Sunweb9:18
14EEKHOFF NilsTeam Sunweb9:18
15NOVAK DomenBahrain - McLaren10:36
16BARTHE CyrilB&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM14:32
17O'CONNOR BenNTT Pro Cycling14:32
18PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo14:32
1Team Sunweb 10:37:27
2Deceuninck - Quick Step0:03
3BORA - hansgrohe0:15
4Israel Start-Up Nation0:15
5EF Pro Cycling0:15
6Bahrain - McLaren1:29
7Lotto Soudal1:44
8Groupama - FDJ2:16
9Trek - Segafredo2:42
10NTT Pro Cycling3:06
11Team Arkéa Samsic4:26
12Circus - Wanty Gobert5:43
13AG2R La Mondiale6:14
14Cofidis, Solutions Crédits6:45
15B&B Hotels - Vital Concept p/b KTM7:51
16NIPPO DELKO One Provence8:00
17Team Total Direct Energie9:09

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