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Paris-Nice (7) - Doubey : « Proud on our performances »

Paris-Nice (7) - Doubey : « Proud on our performances »

Paris-Nice (2.WT, 8-15/03) was concluded on the slopes of Valdeblore La Colmiane this Saturday. The Race to the Sun started in Nice under a radiant sunshine, stimulating the riders to attack. The start towards the Col de Vence, the first difficulty of the day, was very fast. Aimé De Gendt was part of the early breakaway with Thomas De Gendt and Julian Alaphilippe, until a wasp stung his neck, forcing him to abandon. Fabien Doubey followed some breakaway attempts in the peloton, but finally he stayed in the group to prepare the final climb to La Colmiane (16.3km at 6.3%). The French rider was accompanied by Xandro Meurisse (16th) and finished 17th on the top, permitting him to defend his 11th position in the general classification. Meurisse climbed to 22nd place.

Fabien Doubey:

«  I supposed that the final climb would be too long for me, but I tried to follow the high pace of Akréa Samsic as long as possible. When I had to let go, I waited for Xandro, in order to go with him to the finish as fast as possible, resulting in an 11th place in GC. » 

«  I showed this week that I'm allround. I followed well in the crosswinds and I was offensive in my preferred medium mountains. I said yesterday already that I wanted to sign for a top 15 with both hands. We can be proud on our achievements, for example the 3rd place of Andrea Pasqualon. I want to thank all riders and staff. » 

« Because of this forced break, I've got some time for recovery before a new training period.  As I started my season earlier for cyclocross, this break is not inconvenient. We will follow the situation, so I'm ready for the restart! »

Xandro Meurisse:

«  It was again a hard stage, both on the flat and on the climbs the pace was kept high. This was probably due to the power of the early breakaway. But we survived well. The final climb was the first long climb of the season. Fabien tried to follow the favorites, but later he was caught by my group. The two of us worked together really well. We gave all we had for Fabien's general classification. » 

« Personally, I'm happy to conclude this week with a good feeling. Even though it's a pity that I had bad legs the first couple of days. Otherwise, I think I was also capable of finishing in the top 15. There's a lot of uncertainty and different information about the continuation of our race programme. On the one hand, we should prepare for the worst, but on the other hand, we need to take advantage of our good condition to be ready for the restart. There's one certainty: we're thankful for our last minute participation and we're very happy about our achievements this week! » 

Hilaire Van der Schueren:

« We have a fantastic week behind our back, with 3rd and 6th places of Andrea Pasqualon in the sprint, and the 11th place of Fabien Doubey in the final classification. The team supported our French revelation well. After the 12th place in the latest Tour de France, this result is a confirmation of our readiness for world's biggest race. »

« But we're not there yet. There are a lot of question marks for the next weeks. I hope we'll be at the start line of a race soon! »

Stage 7:

1.Nairo Quintana
2.Tiesj Benoot +0:46
3.Thibaut Pinot +0:56
16.Xandro Meurisse +3:54
17.Fabien Doubey +3:58
46.Andrea Pasqualon +14:59
DNF Aimé De Gendt
DNF Boy van Poppel
DNF Pieter Vanspeybrouck

Final classification:

1.Maximilian Schachmann
2.Tiesj Benoot +0:18
3.Sergio Higuita +0:59
11.Fabien Doubey +5:36
22.Xandro Meurisse +17:12
36.Andrea Pasqualon +31:32