It was a day for an early breakaway at stage 7 of Paris-Nice with five riders going clear in the first 10 kilometres of racing. A course for the climbers, the penultimate stage featured the highest finale in the races history, standing at 1,678-metres on top of the Col de la Couillole. As the head of the race increased their lead, the chase from the peloton was ramped up. With the threat of the chase close behind them, attacks from within the breakaway saw a rider go clear on his own. The peloton was to split and reduce significantly on the Col Saint-Martin, with Warren Barguil and Sam Oomen holding a good position in the first chasing group. The tough terrain combined with the continued acceleration up the final climb meant that Warren and Sam lost contact with the leading group. Warren still managed to nab a 13th placing on the stage and moved up another placing in the GC to 9th. Sam was also up there protecting Warren until the end, taking 16th place for himself.
After the stage, Warren explained: “It was a good day today. The team really helped me throughout the race and Sam was also there for me at the end. When things split up in the front group on the last climb it was really close to hold on to my top 10 in the GC and I’m glad that with the help of the team I was able to.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “It was a very hard stage today with a cold mountain finish. When the strong guys really opened the race up Warren couldn’t directly follow but with incredible help from Sam and a strong performance from himself he still finished 13th which meant that he hopped up a spot in the GC placings. This is a result that we are all satisfied with after a hard day out.”