Chaves and Yates take 10th and 11th on the time trial stage in Paris Nice and move up the GC

Wed 7 Mar 2018

Colombian climber Esteban Chaves and Tour de France white jersey winner Simon Yates produced solid performances in today’s stage four individual time trial day in Paris Nice, both finishing on the same time to take 10th and 11th place respectively.

Their strong performances, in an event which isn’t their forté, see’s them move up the general classification into 10th and 11th place ahead of four hilly stages. 

The Mitchelton-SCOTT duo now sit at 48seconds behind Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Cycling) who retains the yellow jersey by 15seconds over today’s stage winner Wout Poels (Team Sky).

The course

The 18.4kilometre race against the clock was fairly technical with the opening three kilometres featuring many twists and turns and a short but steep climb out of the town. The riders then faced lengthy continuous drag up to the nine kilometre mark, followed by a twisty fast decent and second short climb before heading down to the finish line. 

Early benchmark 

Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) set the early fastest time, stopping the clock with a time of 26minutes21 seconds and remained in the hot seat for a lengthy time until the final wave of riders came. The rain started to come down sporadically after the first 50riders had started but with many more to come to road conditions continued to change.

26minutes 06seconds

Yates crossed the line with a time of 26minutes 6seconds, and moved into the race lead momentarily before the next rider Sergio Henao (Team Sky), went less than half a second faster to knock him off the top step. Chaves followed behind and stopped the clock with the same time, just 20th of a second faster than Yates and just 33seconds behind the stage winner Poels.

Esteban Chaves - 10th on the stage and overall  

“It was the first time I have caught someone in a time trial so it was a good feeling. This was really good today, I am happy and I felt really good. I think this is the second time trial I have done well in, in my life, the other was in Burgos in Vuelta Espana 2015.”

“This is really good for me especially because it is only March, but it is no accident, we put in a lot of work in in the wind tunnel and on the bike so this is a really good step for me."

“We have a really good option now Simon as our leader, but it is a big gap still 30seconds or more to guys like Poels, so for sure we will try and we will see what happens.”

Dave McPartland - Sport Director

“It was a really great day for us. After yesterday's stage, it shows Yates’ condition is excellent and Esteban has put a lot of work into the time trial so there was no reason for them not to do a good ride like they did today.”

“We are half-way through Paris-Nice and we are just 33seconds off the lead and we are coming into our territory now with the coming hillier stages, so we are in a good place.”

Paris Nice stage four results:

1. Wout Poels (Team Sky) 25:33
2. Marc Soler (Movistar) +0:11
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) +0:16
10. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:33

General classification after stage four:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Cycling) 13:47:57
2. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +0:15
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) +0:26
10. Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:48

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