Bernal climbs to fifth in Paris-Nice

06 Mar 2024

Bernal climbs to fifth in Paris-Nice

Stage 4 » Chalon-sur-Saône › Mont Brouilly 183km

Egan Bernal put in a strong sprint to place fifth on the line in stage four of Paris-Nice.

The 183 kilometre stage contained an eye-watering seven categorised climbs, including two ascents of the decisive Mont Brouilly. 

On the descent of the penultimate climb, the Grenadiers would surge to the front of a select lead group, to try and contain the advantage of Luke Plapp (Jayco Alula) and Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain - Victorious). Jonatan Castroviejo would do a grand job in pegging back the lead duo’s advantage into the foot of the final climb.

Onto the last ascent of the day, and both Carlos Rodriguez and Laurens De Plus were present in the peloton along with Egan Bernal. It became clear that the stage would go to the duo up front, but with bonus seconds still available on the line it remained all to play for.

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal - Quickstep) would start the sprint to the line, with Egan following superbly in the final meters, finishing just two seconds back on the Belgian. The effort sees the Colombian move up to sixth on GC, with Carlos close behind in tenth.

Over in Tirreno-Adriatico, Tom Pidcock was in a great position to contest the reduced bunch sprint, but unfortunately found himself caught behind a crash with just a few meters remaining. He would stay upright and crossed the line safely.

Result:

1. Santiago Buitrago (BHV)

2. Luke Plapp (JAY) + 10"

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5. Egan Bernal + 39"