Tadej Pogačar took his second victory of the 2023 Paris Nice by winning on the top of the Col de la Couillole. It wasn’t a huge killer blow of a move, with the Slovenian waiting until the last 200 metres to attack and distance GC rivals David Gaudu and Jonas VIngegaard by a handful of seconds. The finish matches the GC order, with just 12 seconds still separating the top 2. The Dane is further back at 58″ however. With one stage to go, it’s hard to see even as small a gap as 12″ being overturned.
David Gaudu has had a strong week, often going with Tadej Pogačar until the final kick, at which point a few seconds here and there have been given up. He’s certainly been closer to the Slovenian star than Jonas Vingegaard, who to be fair looked better on today’s stage than 3 days ago.
After Stage 5 was cancelled due to high winds, the battle for the breakaway here was strong. Eventually, 18 riders would get themselves away. Remi Cavagna was the highest in GC, only around 3 minutes behind Tadej Pogačar, but no real threat unless the GC teams were careless. They weren’t however, with the gap hovering around that key 3-minute mark by Ineos Grenadiers, Groupama-FDJ and UAE Team Emirates.
The lead group splintered on the final climb of Col de la Couillole, with Chris Harper launching a long attempt from 6km out. Vingegaard countered but Tadej Pogačar went over the top and got a gap. By 4km to go, Pogačar, Vingegaard and Gaudu were all back together. The Dane made the first move in the sprint for the line but Pogačar countered and sprinted past comfortably.
2023 Paris Nice Stage 6 result
Results powered by FirstCycling.com