Andrew Talansky rode a strong final time trial to solidify his second place on the overall and win the best young rider jersey. Sports director Geert Van Bondt sent this report.
It was a Fantastic race for the team! If you leave Paris-Nice with second on the general classification and a stage win — plus two days in the yellow jersey AND winner of the best young rider jersey — you only can be happy as a DS.
The main objective for the first days was to keep Andrew out of trouble. Paris-Nice is known for strong wind sand crashes the first days.
If you know that Andrew never saw one crash in seven days then you know that the team rode very hard for him. It costs them a lot of energy but they kept on fighting every day.
When he took the jersey the team had to ride the whole the day, which is even harder. I saw drained bodies coming to the bus but also with smiling faces. That is the spirit where we can be proud of as a team .
Andrew showed this week he a is a real winner and a leader. Riding with a leader’s jersey puts a lot of pressure on your shoulders but he stayed calm the whole the time!
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