Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won today’s testing and rolling time trial at Paris-Nice with the victory moving him into second place overall.
The riders faced a 15.1 kilometre long route, starting and finishing in the town of Saint-Amand-Montrond. With a rolling parcours in the opening half of the route which featured several short climbs, followed by a faster and flatter second half; it was set to be a day that had a bit of something for everyone.
Kragh Andersen paced his ride well, moving into a provisional second place at the intermediate split, only two seconds behind the leader at that point. The Dane finished with a time of 18 minutes and 51 seconds. A phenomenal effort that saw him beat the time of previous leader Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck – Quick Step) by 12 seconds.
Kragh Andersen’s time saw him have a nervous wait in the hot seat but it was good enough to take the stage win; his first professional TT victory. As a result, he moves into second place on GC, 58″ behind Maximilian Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe).
Søren Kragh Andersen – “To be honest it’s a big relief, I finally got my TT victory so I’m really happy. I almost can’t believe it but I was really aiming for it today. I did my best and my legs felt good, so I’m really happy with the outcome. I don’t like really straight TTs; I also want some hills, technical parts and tempo shifts so it was a super good parcours for me.”