Team Sky almost derailed at Paris-Nice by lack of time gap updates

Michal Kwiatkowski lost the lead and Egan Bernal rode the Turini’s final kilometre in TT mode to take it and deny Philippe Gilbert’s attempted coup

Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

While it may be going too far to describe Team Sky’s defence of the yellow jersey as unruffled given the battering the nervy Paris-Nice peloton has taken from the elements this week, their progress towards a sixth victory in the last eight editions of “the race to the sun” had seemed assured until stage seven’s final climb of the Col de Turini.

 A large breakaway group reached it first with an advantage of more than six minutes, which made Deceuninck’s Philippe Gilbert the leader on the road, with almost four minutes in hand on Sky leader Michal Kwiatkowski.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.