the German Maximilian Schachmann (Bora) wins etapeløbet Paris-Nice overall.

It is clear after 7. stage, which was run Saturday afternoon. Sunday 8. stage is cancelled in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 8. stage had both start and finish in Nice, not far from the border to the hard exposed Italy.

At the final stage came the colombian mountain goat, Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) first over the finish line. A few kilometers before the finish he took the lead, and he was not to stop in the hunt for his fifth victory of the year.

the first of the four victories he won in the small French races.

Long lay the it to the world championships for the belgian Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), who had escaped from the other riders.

The 33-year-old belgian was on the hunt for his first world championships since the Tour de France last year, but had to see themselves overtaken by a raging Quintana, before several other riders also got obtained him.

Maximilian Schachmann fought to the last to defend his lead, and he reached in the target time enough to have something to celebrate.

the German has led the race since 1. stage, and overall, he was 18 seconds faster than Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb).

The final stage was run without the world champion Mads Pedersen (Trek). This is because the Danish authorities have invited all Danish citizens to return home if they are abroad, because of the fear of the spread of the coronavirus.

His Trek teammates drove however far in the decimated field, which among other things was outside of the riders from the teams Bahrain-McLaren and the Israel Start-Up Nation, who had pulled himself along the way.

Other teams such as Ineos, CCC, Astana and Movistar asked not to start in the race due to the spread of the coronavirus.

along the Way in etapeløbet won Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) the time trial, but the dane was not a contender in the general classification.

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