How The Race Was Worn: 1-2 Knockout in the Loire

Team Sky put on a masterclass in tactical and athletic prowess on stage 4 of Paris-Nice: Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas finishing with an emphatic one-two knockout on the 1200m summit finish. After Norweigan Lars Petter Nordhaug drove the group from the bottom of the the Croix de Chaubouret in the Loire, new boy Nicolas Roche took control, putting in a big effort to help distance Andrew Talansky (Garmin Cannondale), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Wilco Kelderman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo). Roche then dropped off with 3km to ride in order for Thomas to launch the first of two clinical attacks. Jakob Fuglsang of Astana went with him but eventually the now shaken selection came back together. Predictably the comfortable-looking Porte took his turn and only his teammate could stay on his wheel as he ate up the final kilometre or so, the pair crossing the finish line together.

“It is a fantastic day for the team,” Porte said. “We took it on from the bottom and it wasn’t an easy climb but to finish first and second like that is fantastic.”

Conditions were mixed, predominantly warm but with cold mist and a dusting of snow. This meant the riders had to use adaptive spring clothing to suit the occasion. Each rider had a combination of the following:

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