Poels wins Paris-Nice time trial

07 Mar 2018

Poels wins Paris-Nice time trial

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Wout Poels clinched an impressive time trial victory at Paris-Nice to move into second place overall after four stages.

The Dutchman clocked a superb time of 25 minutes and 33 seconds to go 11 seconds quicker than anyone else into Saint-Etienne.
 
That winning time elevated Poels to second on the general classification, 15 seconds back on the yellow jersey of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). 
 
Team Sky enjoyed a strong showing across the 18.4-kilometre course, placing four riders inside the top 16 places. Sergio Henao (9th), David de la Cruz (12th) and Dylan van Baarle (16th) all topped the time sheets at one point during the day.
 
An impressive time from Henao was enough to move him up into ninth overall, 48 seconds back on Sanchez.
Wout Poels

Wout Poels

I really made Paris-Nice a goal so it’s nice to start well, and especially to win a TT is always really nice.
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“It’s my first win in the WorldTour in a TT so I’m really happy with that. It was a hard course but perfect for me,” a happy Poels explained after the stage.
 
“We still have a few cards to play, I’m up on GC and Sergio is still doing good, so I think we can make a nice plan to go for the jersey. It’s always easier when you have a few guys up at the front.
 
“We’re in a good position now but Sanchez is really strong, and also behind (there are contenders). It’s not a big time gap but it’s always hard. Saturday’s finish with the long climb is going to be tough too so we have to see.
 
“I really made Paris-Nice a goal so it’s nice to start well, and especially to win a TT is always really nice.” 
Stage four result:

1. Wout Poels (Team Sky) 25:33  
2. Marc Soler (Movistar) +11"
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +16"
4. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) +20"
5. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) +27"
 
Overall standings
 
1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) 13:47:57
2. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +15"
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +26"
4. Marc Soler (Movistar) +26"
5. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) +34"
9. Sergio Henao (Team Sky) +48"

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