Stefan Bissegger won stage 3 and now wears the yellow jersey at Paris-Nice after a…
The final stage of any race often delivers fireworks and plenty of emotions — good and bad.
And no matter what team you were rooting for at Paris-Nice this year, you surely watched the last stage with bated breath as the riders neared the finish. Fortunately for us, it was our Dane Magnus Cort who secured the victory in a stage that marked a worthy ending to “The Race to the Sun.”
Today’s ride was 92.7 kilometers in length with significantly less climbing than the previous stages. Yet it still served plenty of tricky ascents and descents as the peloton made its way through the magnificent rolling hills of the Region Sud. Today’s route was a perfect opportunity for a rider who wanted to make a big move — especially if that rider can sprint.
“It was the perfect way to finish and I couldn’t be happier,” said Cort at the finish. His teammate Jonas Rutsch also made several big moves in the breakaway throughout the stage. “Jonas had an incredible ride today and then Magnus could smell the victory. Those two were playing off each other,” said Neilson Powless.
Powless, another breakaway standout this week, added that Stefan Bissegger’s stage win was the turning point that opened up opportunities like today’s stage victory. “Ever since Stefan won the time trial, we started racing super well as a group. And today it paid off,” said Powless.
Bissegger, who was caught smiling in almost every photo captured since his win, finished this race with even more pride as he watched his teammate Magnus cross the line.
“Two out of eight stages is huge. It’s just really nice to finish it off this way. We can be super proud moving forward,” said Stefan Bissegger.
This win is also special simply because Magnus adds a lot of humor and lightheartedness to the group. Racing is a serious business and when a character like Magnus comes along, the team is quick to rally behind him.
“Magnus is a highly unique character who I find challenging and endearing,” said team CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “The smart ones are never easy, but that’s what makes Magnus a special rider and a special guy on our team. He is always challenging, always pushing.”
With Stefan’s win earlier in the week, the team had plenty of confidence to keep going back to. And with a finale like this — they can build upon it even further.
“We were really looking forward to racing our bikes today and we came away with an amazing result and hope we can keep this momentum for the season ahead and just really enjoy this win,” said Powless.