Australian climber Lucas Hamilton climbed to a strong sixth place on today’s first mountain stage in Paris-Nice, moving up to eighth overall, as the general classification contenders showed their cards for the first time in the seven-day event.
Hamilton, along with teammate Michael Matthews, rode into an elite selection ahead the final climb of the day up to Chiroubles, as the first real general classification battle took shape. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) saw the perfect moment to launch an attack within the final five kilometres and successfully held off the chasers by 12 seconds to take the day’s victory and move into the race lead.
Hamilton finished alongside the chasing group and now sits 1’19” down on the new race leader Roglic, in what is the 25-year-old’s first WorldTour outing of the season for Team BikeExchange.
“I think it was a good day for the team, it was quite a hard day and we had two of us there in the final, right up until one kilometre to go. We would have preferred to win of course but Roglic saw a good opportunity and he is one of the strongest bike riders in the world, so there was not much we could do then.
“I think he found a really good moment, and when a guy like that gets a small gap it is very hard to bring him back. It is one of those things, I was in the position that I was in and with that we did what we could.”
2021 Paris-Nice Results – Stage 4:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 4:49:36
2. Maximillian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) +0:12
3. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis Solutions Credits) +0:12
6. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +0:12
General Classification after stage 4:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 13:26:40
2. Maximillian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) +0:35
3. Brandon McNulty (UAE Emirates) 0:37
8. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +1:09
Photo courtesy of Con Chronis