Crash forces Porte out of Paris-Nice

07 Mar 2021

Crash forces Porte out of Paris-Nice

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Paris-Nice: Stage 1 » Saint-Cyr-L'École › Saint-Cyr-L'École, 165.8km

Paris-Nice got off to a bruising start for the Grenadiers with Richie Porte sadly forced to abandon the race on the opening stage.

The Tasmanian, making his return race for the team, was caught up in a crash with 33 kilometres to go, landing hard on his side following a touch of wheels. After trying to continue, the two-time race winner was sadly forced to climb off.
 
Porte was assessed by the team back at the hotel before being taken to hospital for a scan - with the results thankfully revealing no fractures.
 
The first stage ended in a sprint, with a number of other crashes causing a nervy peloton. Laurens De Plus was also involved in a larger pile-up but the Belgian was able to continue.
 
Supported by his team in the closing kilometres, Tao Geoghegan Hart finished in the peloton alongside a number of team-mates after staying safe. The Brit will be looking ahead to the more selective climbing stages to come later in the week.
Carlos Rodriguez secured an impressive top 10 in Larciano

Carlos Rodriguez secured an impressive top 10 in Larciano

Sunday also saw GP Industria & Artigianato in Italy and an attacking performance from the Grenadiers on the finishing circuit around Larciano.
 
Eddie Dunbar attacked on both the final two laps, and was joined by team-mate Carlos Rodriguez on the run-in. The young Spaniard finished seventh to secure one of the best results of his career to date, with Dunbar crossing the line just behind in ninth.
 
Brandon Rivera also found himself in the mix on the penultimate lap as a young team impressed. In the end a high calibre group edged clear in the final kilometres, with Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) taking the victory over Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).