Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogačar going head to head this early in the season, after the amazing 2022 Tour de France, is a dream come true for cycling fans. Both the Tour de France champions performed exceptionally well in Spanish races in February, achieving a combined 9 wins in just 9 race days.
INEOS tried to put pressure on the race leader Primož Roglič with Adam Yates and Daniel Martinez' attacks on the Col de Turini climb, but the Slovenian was unbeatable, winning the queen stage of Paris-Nice with an impressive acceleration at the end of the hard climb. Roglič set a new Col de Turini record, beating Bernal and Quintana's time set in 2019 by 42 seconds.
Brandon McNulty continues his great start to 2022 with another victory, this time at World Tour level. He won Paris-Nice stage 5, dropping everyone from the breakaway on the Col de la Mure climb and soloing to his 3rd victory of the season.
For the second time in Paris-Nice 2022, Jumbo-Visma riders occupied the whole podium of a stage. This time Wout Van Aert, Primož Roglič and Rohan Dennis finished 1-2-3 in the hilly 13 kilometre time-trial that suited them perfectly.
We got to witness a sprint between Wout van Aert and Fabio Jakobsen. Despite a savvy leadout from Christophe Laporte, the Dutchman destroyed the Belgian champion in the final 50 metres with a fast acceleration, taking his sixth victory of the season.
An incredibly strong team performance by Jumbo-Visma squad in Paris-Nice stage 1, finishing 1-2-3 with Christophe Laporte, Wout Van Aert and Primož Roglič.
Nairo Quintana has had a strong start to the season, as we saw at Tour de la Provence and Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var, where the Colombian destroyed his competition on both climbs and descents.