Lucas Hamilton showed his climbing pedigree on today’s shortened Queen stage in Paris-Nice, climbing with the world’s best to take an impressive fourth place on the summit finish in Valdeblore La Comiane, and creep-up the classification by one place to sixth position.
In the final testing kilometres, one rider from the day’s original breakaway group of 13 riders, Gino Mader (Bahrain-Victorious), remained out front poised to take stage seven victory. However, the general classification riders had other ideas and fierce accelerations began with the GC group continuously whittling down with each pedal stoke.
25-year-old Hamilton was able to respond to the changing pace as the road continued to ramp up, following a damaging acceleration by race leader Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) under the flamme rouge. With the GC group reduced, Roglic pushed on once again with 300metres to go, flying past Mader to claim another stage win and extend his overall lead.
Fighting on behind with every second counting, the Team BikeExchange rider crossed the line in fourth place, just eight seconds down, cementing his authority in the Paris-Nice GC battle.
Lucas Hamilton – 4th place
“It was a really solid day, the boys did and awesome job. Roglic is just too good really, the guy from breakaway almost won.
“I tried to stay with Roglic the first time he attacked and I managed, but the second attack in the final metres I missed the moment and couldn’t really chase him back.
“I’m happy with the result today and have moved up a place overall but of course you always want more.”
Mathew Hayman – Sport Director
“Lucas has great legs at the moment, Roglic is clearly a level above everybody but the next guys down on the GC are all very close. Lucas has been scrapping for every second and he has moved up one place on the GC today.
“We’ve still got one stage to go, and the way the boys have ridden again today, it has been a fantastic week so far.
“Tomorrow the stage has changed somewhat, it’s still quite as hilly but it isn’t the stage we were expecting around Nice. Today was probably the last shake up for the GC, but there’s still some bonus seconds and potentially a chance for Matthews.”
2021 Paris-Nice Results – Stage 7:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 3:09:18
2. Gino Mader (Bahrain-Victorious) +0:02
3. Maximillian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) +0:05
4. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +0:08
General Classification after stage 7:
1. Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) 23:22:53
2. Maximillian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) +0:41
3. Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana Premier-Tech) +1:11
6. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +1:34
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