Fear or insurance: Why does Tadej Pogačar keep sprinting for bonus seconds at Paris-Nice?

UAE Team Emirates' Slovenian maestro has 12 seconds on his GC competitors already thanks to bonus sprints

Tadej Pogačar Paris-Nice
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Just after Tadej Pogačar had successfully sprinted for bonus seconds at the intermediate checkpoint 13km out from the finish on stage two of Paris-Nice on Monday, the UAE Team Emirates rider puffed his cheeks out. He put his arm round Michael Matthews (Jayco-AlUla), his nearest challenger, and bumped fists with Nathan van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma), who came third in that mini battle.

It would be easy to look askance at this result - Matthews and Pogačar are great friends and Monaco neighbours - but the latter has a surprising sprint on him, and looked like he needed the bonus.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.