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Jumbo-Visma wins the team time trial, Magnus Cort new leader

EFE · Road Competition · 03/07/2023

The Dutch team Jumbo-Visma has won the third stage of the 81st edition of Paris-Nice, a 32.2-kilometer time trial with a start and finish in the French town of Dampierre-en-Burly , in the department of Loiret.

Jumbo-Visma fulfills the label of favorite and takes the victory with a time of 33 minutes and 55 seconds, at an average of 56.9 Km/h, while the yellow jersey went to the runner dans Magnus Cort Nielsen, whose squad, EF Education-Easupost, takes second place.

The first duel of the general with Vingegaard and Pogacar in the spotlight and with Jumbo-Visma and UAE Emirates as protagonists, not offering any shoulder. They win the dance group, a machine in the joint effort, but the Slovenian saved the furniture by conceding just 23 seconds to the winner of the 2022 Tour de France.

The second place on the clock went to EF Education-Easypost, which was only 1 second away from glory, but at least it placed dans Magnus Cort as the new yellow jersey. Third place was taken by Simon Yates’ Jayco-AlUla at 4 seconds, fourth by Groupama-FDJ at 14 and fifth by UAE Emirates at 23. Movistar could not overcome twelfth place, at 50 seconds.

Change to the general on the eve of the first final, but the favorites are still in a tie with everything to contest. Magnus Cort is the leader, with Belgian Jumbo-Visma Van Hooydonck 1 second and Australian Matthews third 3, the same time as Vingegaard, who is already fifth. Pogacar moves away in tenth place at 14, just 11 from the dance and saving the team time trial.

Let’s assume the duel between Jumbo-Visma and UAE Emirates, the squads of Vingegaard and Pogacar in a key day in which differences were expected. There was more emotion great damage. No one got away with it, and if there was someone who should come out of the time trial happy, it was Pogacar, who also had a small 12-second margin achieved in the intermediate sprints of the first 2 stages.

The first great reference was set by Simon Yates’ Jayco with 33 minutes and 59 seconds, time to be beaten by the teams of the 2 big favourites. UAE Emirates, who rolled to the end with 3 runners on the clock 19 seconds behind the Aussie side, improved record for the Emirates side thanks to a late solo sprint from Pogacar that reduced the dice.

Jumbo-Visma, the Vingegaard squad that had equaled Jayco’s time at the intermediate point (16.53), was still to arrive, rolling around 60 per hour. The Dutch squad stormed to the finish line beating the Australians’ record, looking to take the time trial and perhaps win the yellow jersey for Van Hooydonck.

Groupama-FDJ had sneaked into the party against the odds, but were 14 seconds clear of the men from Jumbo-Visma, who arrived with 4 men and their best specialists up front, such as Rohan Dennis, Tobias Foss and Affini.

There was also the EF Education-Easypost to come, a game that sold the defeat very dearly. A second away from glory for the Americans, but at least Magnus Cort (Ronne, 30), winner of 6 stages in the Vuelta and 2 in the Tour, is wearing yellow. A gift that greatly comforts the Nordic cyclist.


After a 30-year absence, Paris-Nice brought back the team time trial to the delight of specialists. The last team time trial in the Cursa del Sol was held in 1993 in Roanne, it was also the third stage and the victory was taken by the legendary Spanish team ONZE-Otero with the Swiss Alex Zule and the Dutchman Erik Breukink in the lead, and with 15 seconds of progress over the GAN-Lemond francs team.

This year the big news was the organizer’s decision to take the time of the first cyclist in the team time trial, when normally the time of the fourth runner at the finish line is taken, a controversial move with equal parts defenders and detractors to modify strategies and that can be exported to other races.

Paris-Nice experienced a new chapter this Wednesday with the dispute of the fourth of its eight stages, of 164.7 kilometers with departure in Saint-Amand-Montrond and arrival in La Loge des Gardes. In the last third of the route, three passes, two of third grade, the Cota du Vernet (2 Km at 5.8%) and the Cota de Cheval Rigon (5.8 Km at 3.8%), and the final towards the finish line of first with 6.8 km at 7 percent. In addition, a non-scorable climb to the Col de Beaulouis (8.9 km at 3.1%) is included.

Video of the last kilometer

Classifications [Clasificaciones completas]

Classification of the 3rd stage:

1. Jumbo-Visma – 33:55
2. EF Education-EasyPost at 0:01
3. Jayco-AlUla at 0:04
4. Groupama-FDJ at 0:14
5. UAE Emirates at 0:23
6. Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:25
7. Soudal-Quick Step at 0:39
8. Trek-Segafredo at 0:45
9. Bahrain-Victorious at 0:47
10. Ineos Grenadiers at 0:48

General classification:

1. Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN/EF-EasyPost) – 7:53:41
2. Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:01
3. Michael Matthews (AUS/Jayco-AlUla) at 0:03
4. Jan Tratnik (SLO/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:03
5. Jonas Vingegaard (DEN/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:03
6. Simon Yates (GBR/Jayco-AlUla) at 0:07
7. Neilson Powless (USA/EF-EasyPost) at 0:08
8. Tobias Foss (NOR/Jumbo-Visma) at 0:08
9. Kellan OBrien (AUS/Jayco-AlUla) at 0:11
10. Tadej Pogacar (SLO/UAE Emirates) at 0:14

Next stage, 4: Saint-Amand-Montrond – La Loge des Gardes / 164.7 km.

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  1. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader? Exciting! Cant wait for the next stage!

  2. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Magnificent performance! Thoughts on the next stage, guys?

  3. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort leading? Unexpected but exciting! Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Yeah, Jumbo-Visma dominated today. But lets not forget its just the beginning. Anything can happen in the Tour de France. Lets see if they can maintain that lead till the end. #JustSaying

  4. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader, impressive! Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Seriously? Jumbo-Vismas dominance in the team time trial was expected. Lets see how they fare in the mountains. And Cort as a leader? Ill reserve my judgment until the race progresses.

  5. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader, impressive! Cant wait for the next stage!

    • I couldnt agree more! That last kilometer was absolutely electrifying. Jumbo-Visma took control and left everyone in their dust. Pure domination! The power and teamwork they displayed was incredible. Definitely a moment that will be remembered in Tour de France history. #TDF2021

  6. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader? Unexpected but exciting! Cant wait for the next stage!

  7. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader? Exciting! Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Yeah, Jumbo-Visma really nailed it! Cort leading the team adds a thrilling twist. Cant wait for the next stage to see if they can maintain the momentum. Lets hope they dont choke under pressure!

    • Are we watching the same race? Jumbo-Vismas performance was far from dominant. Sure, they did well in the team time trial, but lets not get carried away with the hyperbole. Theres still a long way to go in the #TourDeFrance.

  8. Wow, Jumbo-Visma killed it in the team time trial! Cort as the new leader? Exciting stuff! Cant wait for the next stage!

    • Jumbo-Visma dominated the team time trial, no doubt. But lets not get ahead of ourselves, its just the start. Cort as the new leader? Well, well see if he can handle the pressure. The next stage will be interesting, no doubt.

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