Bozic, Grivko scorch prologue to give Astana Pro Team two riders in Top-10
Astana Pro team riders Borut Bozic and Andrei Grivko both rode to very fast finishing times in Sunday's opening prologue at Paris-Nice, each landing in the Top-10 on a technically demanding course that favored explosive speed and sharp bike handling.
Bozic, from Slovenia, was three seconds behind winner Damien Gaudin of France, and now sits in eighth place overall, while Grivko, Ukraine's national champion in the time trial and road race, finished five seconds behind the winner.
"Borut was so fast in the prologue he nearly caught up to the rider in front of him and they both crossed the finish line at the same time. He almost crashed as well, because he went through some of the technical turns very very aggressively. Grivko was the same, and it's good for us going into tomorrow's first stage because there will be bonus seconds to pick up, and having two riders in the Top-10 gives us some options," said Astana Pro Team Director Sportif Dmitriy Fofonov.
"The good showings also put the riders in a very good mood at the beginning of the week, and that's important because this race is extremely hard, and there is no time to relax. We are lucky that the weather was good for this time of year in Paris, and should be good until Friday at the latest," Fofonov said.