Max Schachmann springs late surprise to take victory on stage one of Paris-Nice 2020

The German beat the likes of Julian Alaphilippe and Tiesj Benoot in the four-man sprint finish

Max Schachmann wins stage one of Paris-Nice 2020 (Alain Jocard/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Bora-Hansgrohe's Max Schachmann won the first stage of Paris-Nice in miserable weather as he beat Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step), Tiesj Benoot (Sunweb) and Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) in the sprint for the line.

Alaphilippe and Benoot had escaped the peloton earlier in the stage as tail-crosswinds buffeted the bunch, before Teuns countered with 4km to go and Schachmann getting on his wheel, making their way over to the leading pair.

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