Nairo Quintana won the summit finish stage seven of Paris-Nice as Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Schachmann hung on to claim the overall victory.
The Colombian attacked with 4km to go the top, exploding out of the group of GC riders to claim another impressive win in 2020.
Only 36 seconds behind Schachmann in the overall classification at the start of the day, Sunweb’s Tiesj Benoot attacked with just 1km remaining to try and dislodge the German, but Schachmann survived.
Benoot finished 46 seconds behind Quintana on the stage, the Arkéa-Samsic rider taking his first ever Paris-Nice stage, with Pinot third 10 seconds later at the front of the chase group.
Schachmann was two seconds further back as Benoot’s six bonus seconds on the line meant he finished runner-up on GC 18 seconds behind the German.
Race report to follow…
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic, in 4-27-01
2. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Sunweb, at 46 seconds
3. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 56s
4. Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Pro Cycling
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, both at same time
6. Max Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 58s
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis, at 1-19
8. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling, at 1-22
9. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 1-32
10. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at same time
1. Max Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe, in 27-14-23
2. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Sunweb, at 18 seconds
3. Sergio Higuita (Col) EF Pro Cycling, at 59s
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 1-16
5. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-24
6. Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkéa-Samsic, at 1-30
7. Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 2-03
8. Tanel Kangert (Est) EF Pro Cycling, at 2-16
9. Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe, at 3-39
10. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Sunweb, at 4-36
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