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Bissegger wins stage 3 TT at Paris-Nice: Daily News

Stefan Bissegger pips Rémi Cavagna by less than a second to win Paris-Nice stage 3.

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Paris-Nice continued on Tuesday with an individual time trial, where Stefan Bissegger pipped Rémi Cavagna by less than a second to get his first WorldTour win.

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Bissegger narrowly bests Cavagna in Paris-Nice stage 3 TT

Stefan Bissegger won the stage 3 time trial at Paris-Nice on Tuesday, finishing less than one second faster than Rémi Cavagna to get the victory. Primoz Roglic took third on the day. Bissegger now leads the race.

The 14.4 km TT in Gien featured numerous lead changes after Maxime Bouet rolled down the ramp as the first rider on the course. Rohan Dennis spent time in the hot seat after setting a strong early time of 17:47. Soren Kragh Andersen took the provisional lead for a little while with a time of 17:44. That held up until Roglic set a mark of 17:40, but the Vuelta a España champ would not spend long in the hot seat as Cavagna went six seconds faster for a time of 17:34.

Bissegger, however, was three seconds faster than Cavagna at the first time check and maintained a pace just strong enough through the second half of the course to secure the victory and the overall lead.

Top 10, stage 3

1 BISSEGGER Stefan (EF Education – Nippo) 0:17:34
2 CAVAGNA Rémi (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
3 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:06
4 MCNULTY Brandon (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:09
5 KRAGH ANDERSEN Soren (Team DSM) 0:10
6 DENNIS Rohan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:13
7 LAPORTE Christophe (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits)
8 VAN BAARLE Dylan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:14
9 LAMPAERT Yves (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 0:16
10 BEVIN Patrick (Israel Start-Up Nation)

Top 10, GC

1 BISSEGGER Stefan (EF Education – Nippo) 8:37:11
2 CAVAGNA Rémi (Deceuninck – Quick Step)
3 ROGLIC Primoz (Team Jumbo-Visma) 0:06
4 MCNULTY Brandon (UAE-Team Emirates) 0:09
5 MATTHEWS Michael (Team BikeExchange)
6 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren (Team DSM) 0:10
7 PEDERSEN Mads (Trek – Segafredo) 0:12
8 LAPORTE Christophe (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits) 0:13
9 VAN BAARLE Dylan (INEOS Grenadiers) 0:14
10 LAMPAERT Yves (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 0:15

Ciccone extends through 2024 with Trek-Segafredo

Giulio Ciccone has extended with Trek-Segafredo through the 2024 season.

The 26-year-old Italian, who counts two Giro d’Italia stage wins and a Giro king of the mountains title on his career palmares, has been with the team since 2019. He is set to race the Giro alongside Vincenzo Nibali this May and is expected to lead Trek-Segafredo at the Vuelta a España later in the year.

Woods and Martin will miss Tirreno-Adriatico

Neither Mike Woods nor Dan Martin will start Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday as originally planned.

Israel Start-Up Nation said on Tuesday that Woods and Martin were not in the final Israel Start-Up Nation roster for the Italian stage race “because of some late developing health issues.” According to CBC, Woods has been sidelined by bronchitis.

Pogacar: ‘Maybe next year it’ll finally be time for the Giro’

Tadej Pogacar suggested that there is at least some possibility he’ll race the Giro d’Italia next year in a media appearance ahead of Tirreno-Adriatico. The reigning Tour de France champ, who is gearing up for another season targeting the Tour, has yet to race the Giro in his career, having started only one Tour and one Vuelta a España so far.

“This year I’ll do the Tour de France, Olympics, and probably the Vuelta, so maybe next year it’ll be finally time for the Giro,” Pogacar said.

Tirreno-Adriatico will mark Pogacar’s first race in Italy as a pro, and he is aiming high in what will be his third race of the season after he won the UAE Tour and finished seventh at Strade Bianche.

“I’m coming here in good shape, I just hope for some solid results and will try for the win,” Pogacar said. “We’ve got a great quality team here too.”

Zwift names Pichette and Burgoyne to board

Patrick Pichette and Celeste Burgoyne have joined the Zwift board of directors.

Pichette was the CFO of Google from 2008 to 2015 and is currently Chair of both the Twitter and Lightspeed boards of directors, as well as being a partner at Inovia Capital, which has invested in Zwift. Burgoyne has been with Lululemon since 2006 and is currently in the role of President, Americas and Global Guest Innovation.

“We made a commitment to invest in the very best talent to support Zwift’s growth as a brand, so I’m delighted to be in a position to welcome Patrick Pichette and Celeste Burgoyne to our board of directors,” said Zwift CEO Eric Min in a statement. “Both bring an enormous wealth of experience from their respective fields, covering finance, technology, brand & marketing, retail, eCommerce and fitness. Importantly for us, they are both passionate about our product and share our vision to help support millions of people enjoying an active lifestyle.”

Coming Up …

There will be plenty of pro cycling to watch on Wednesday. Paris-Nice continues with a challenging fourth stage that closes out on a first-category climb. Meanwhile, both Tirreno-Adriatico and the Healthy Ageing Tour will be getting underway. Stage 1 of Tirreno-Adriatico starts and finishes in Lido di Camaiore and should be one for the sprinters, while the Healthy Ageing Tour will kick off with a flat first day.

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