‘Christophe Laporte deserved this win because he was super strong,’ said Wout van Aert after Jumbo-Visma trio smashed Paris-Nice opener.
Paris-Nice: Christophe Laporte leads Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3 ahead of Primož Roglič and Wout van Aert on stage 1
Christophe Laporte took the Paris-Nice race lead in dramatic style as teammate Primož Roglič gained an early advantage on his rivals.
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'I’m surprised about the result as well because I didn’t have high expectations coming into this race' says veteran rider.
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Van Aert attacks over Bosberg before holding off 19-rider chase.
'It doesn’t really work if you have one leader for these races,' says teammate Ethan Hayter.
The 'opening weekend' double-header delivers huge kudos and a prize place on the palmarès – but beware, the road to Roubaix is long.
'It should no longer be the intention that I am alone in the run-up to the final,' says Belgian on Jumbo-Visma's new classics depth.
The double whammy of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne will whet the palette as the cobbled classics ramp up.
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