Matteo Jorgenson in the white jersey of best young rider accelerates away from Remco Evenepoel during stage 8 of Paris-Nice 2024.

Paris-Nice wrap-up: So much more than a two-horse race

Matteo Jorgenson was just one of the handful of riders determined to spoil the Roglič-and-Remco party at Paris-Nice.

Matteo Jorgenson (Visma-Lease A Bike) in the white best young rider’s jersey accelerates away from Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) during stage 8 of Paris-Nice 2024. Photo: © Cor Vos

Kit Nicholson
by Kit Nicholson 11.03.2024 Photography by
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Paris-Nice was expected to be the tantalising first showdown between Remco Evenepoel and Primož Roglič in his first race in Bora-Hansgrohe colours, but by the half-way point it was already becoming clear that this was far from a mano-a-mano boxing match with everyone else fighting for the podium.

As it happened, Roglič seemed not to be firing on all cylinders and in the second act of the race, the focus was on what might be considered the second-tier contenders, the two Americans Brandon McNulty and Matteo Jorgenson in particular. It was Jorgenson – also with a new team in 2024 – who emerged victorious after eight stages having taken the fight to the favourites on a daily basis. It was a confident ride from the 24-year-old who became only the third American ever to win Paris-Nice and the first in 18 years.

Arvid de Kleijn celebrating victory on stage 1 of Paris-Nice 2024.
De Kleijn has been knocking on the door of the WorldTour plenty so far this season, with no less than three runner-up finishes in the UAE (thrice beaten by Tim Merlier in the presence of Kooij, Dylan Groenewegen, Fabio Jakobsen, Sam Bennett, Fernando Gaviria, Sam Welsford, etc.) after getting his year started with two top 10s at the 2.1-level AlUla Tour.
Mattias Skjelmose sprints away from Matteo Jorgenson and Brandon McNulty on stage 4 of Paris-Nice 2024.
Brandon McNulty looks exhausted in the yellow jersey after stage 7 of Paris-Nice 2024.
McNulty held onto a 4-second lead after limiting his losses up the final climb.
Remco Evenepoel, in the Belgian national champion's jersey, celebrates winning stage 8 of Paris-Nice 2024 ahead of overall winner Matteo Jorgenson.
That’s what you call a win-win situation.

Brief stage-by-stage results:

  1. Olav Kooij (Visma-Lease a Bike)
  2. Arvid de Kleijn (Tudor Pro Cycling)
  3. UAE Team Emirates
  4. Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious)
  5. Olav Kooij
  6. Mattias Skjelmose (Lidl-Trek)
  7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe)
  8. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep)
The UAE Team Emirates team during the TTT at Paris-Nice 2024.
The dominant force in the TTT was UAE Team Emirates in what arguably proved the team’s high point of the race.

Brief analysis:

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