With no GC rider or time trial specialist, the solo effort against the clock was not a stage that our riders had marked down on their agendas but it was a mandatory marker ahead of tomorrow.
Laurent Pichon : “The beginning of this Paris-Nice has been difficult for everyone. From a personal point of view I haven’t been up to my standards. It’s always tough with the crosswinds but I could not help Andre like I wanted. Yesterday, even if I finished far down, I had better sensations. Today was a bit better. Finishing in the top 50 is anectodical but I had good legs, my watts were good, I was never stuck. I like this kind of effort and I actually would like to take part in the time-trial French championships, which I never participated in. The level of a Paris-Nice time trial is high! I always struggle a little bit in February but this event gets me started and I hope I can be on the offensive tomorrow. We want to get a good result.”
Yvon Ledanois – Sports director :« On paper, and given the competition, it was a complicated day for us. I think our riders were looking ahead to tomorrow, which could be a good day for Andre. Laurent, after a tricky start in this Paris-Nice, enjoyed himself today. It was however hard for Elie, who had yesterday’s stage in his legs.”