After two sprints stages and an individual time trial, stage 4 offered the climbers a chance to shine in Paris-Nice with the mountain top finish in Chiroubles.
A six-man breakaway managed to distance the peloton early on the stage but despite getting a gap of nearly six minutes, the group never really seemed likely to succeed.
From the start of the day, the ISN riders were focused on protecting Neilands and keeping him out of trouble, fresh for the final. The team did well and when the first attacks started flying in the final 25 km, Neilands was always in a good position near the front.
With 3 km to go, Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma) put in a staggering attack, which blew apart the group of favorites. Roglic soloed away to win the stage and the take overall lead, while Neilands crossed the line in 23rd place. He’s now 22nd in the general classification.
Sports director, Lionel Marie: “Today was a very hard stage. Our team did a good job to protect Krists, also the sprinters. They were suffering but still able to repay Krists for the hard work he had been doing for them in the last couple of days. It was really great to see. Krists is not too far back in the GC and we still hope to improve.”