The Belgian Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) won this Friday in Apt (Vaucluse) the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice, the penultimate after the organization announced the cancellation of the final day, scheduled for Sunday, due to the coronavirus.
The German Maximilian Schachmann (Bora) kept his leader’s jersey, despite a non-serious fall on the last descent, less than two kilometers to the finish. He overcame the line late, but benefited from a regulation point (accident in the last three kilometers) that leaves him with an advantage of 36 seconds over Benoot and 1 minute and 1 second above Higuita, before arriving on Saturday at the Colmiane station.
On the stage, Benoot beat by a score of seconds a chasing group in which his Australian teammate Michael Matthews was, who finished ahead of Higuita, third. The stage, very lively on the slopes of the Luberon massif, allowed Benoot to distance themselves with 13 kilometers to go.
On Saturday the seventh stage will depart from Nice to arrive at the La Colmiane station, where the goal will be after a 16.3-kilometer rise to 6.3%. The classification will be closed then, after the cancellation of the final day of Sunday. “It is a logical decision regarding the expected influx in the last stage. Even if we have taken measures to alienate the public, ”declared Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France and Paris-Nice, specifying that the decision was made together with the authorities of the prefecture and the sports authorities (teams and UCI).