Sunday March 10th, 2013

Stage 7Nice / Col d'Éze

Start 13h40 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary10.03.2013 in 17:26Porte, an Australian at home in Nice

Richie Porte became the first Australian to win Paris-Nice when he sealed victory in the final time trial on Col d'Eze on Sunday. The 28-year-old Tasmanian clocked 19:16 to emulate his Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins, who achieved the same double last year. It was an even more emotional day for Porte as he usually serves as a luxury domestique for his leaders but above all because it was earned on his training roads as he lives in Monaco.
At the top, the Montagne de Lure stage winner...

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interview10.03.2013 in 18:26Chavanel: "First goal achieved"

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Fifth overall, green jersey winner and a surprise stage winner on Promenade des Anglais, Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) can be satisfied with his Paris-Nice. Now the Frenchman sets his sights on the classics.

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interview10.03.2013 in 17:58Talansky: "I'll come back and win"

Andrew Talansky (GRS) finished second behind Richie Porte (SKY) and though he admitted the Australian was the best rider in this Paris-Nice, he promised to return to win one day.

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interview10.03.2013 in 17:41Richie Porte: "The future is in yellow"

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The first Australian crowned in Paris-Nice, Richie Porte is convinced his victory is the start to bigger things.

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Sporting stakes09.03.2013 in 17:58Porte on home ground

Richie Porte is about to become the most remote rider to win Paris-Nice as the first Australian to do so yet it will almost be a home win for the Team Sky leader should he follow on the footsteps of team-mate Bradley Wiggins on Col d'Eze on Sunday.

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16:50Top five overall standings

Top five results in the general classification of Paris-Nice:

1. Richie Porte (Australia, SKY)

2. Andrew Talansky (U.S., GRS) 55 seconds behind

3. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France, ALM) 1:21

4. Tejay Van Garderen, (U.S., BMC) 1:44

5. Sylvian Chavanel (France, OPQ) 1:47

16:47Top five results

Top five results in the 9.6-kms 7th stage of Paris-Nice:

1. Richie Porte (Australia, SKY) 19:16

2. Andrew Talansky (U.S. BMC)  23 secs behind

3. Nairo Quintana (Colombia, MOV) 27 secs behind

4. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France, ALM) 32 secs behind

5. Tejay Van Garderen (U.S., BMC) 52 secs behind

16:45Porte wins stage and Paris-Nice

In 19:15, Australia's Richie Porte (SKY) wins the final stage of Paris-Nice and becomes the first Australian to win the Race to the Sun.

16:43Talansky in the lead

In 19:39, Andrew Talansky (GRS) takes the lead with a four seconds lead over Quintana.

16:42Good time for Chavanel

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) is 7th fastest in 20:21, 38 seconds behind Quintana.

16:42Peraud had crashed at the start

Second fastest at the moment, Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) crashed in the first turn...

16:40Disappointing Westra

Second last year, on the heels of Bradley Wiggins, Lieuwe Westra is very disappointing in 20:51.

16:39Porte a comofrtable leader at half-mark

The Australian yellow jersey holder is 21 seconds faster than Andrew Talansky (GRS) at the intermediate timing.

16:38Peraud under 20 minutes

Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) beats the 20 minute mark in 19:48 but is five seconds behind Quintana. He clocks a very similar time as last year's.

16:36Van Garderen second fastest

Second time for Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) in 20:08, 25 seconds behind Quintana.

16:31Peraud fastest at the intermediate

Jean-Christophe Peraud (ALM) is fastest at the intermediate in 11:51.

16:31Spilak takes second place

Simon Spilak (KAT) clocks the second best time in 20:11, 28 seconds behind Quintana.

16:30Ulissi second fastest

Diego Ulissi (LAM) is second fatest on the finish line in 20:16, 33 seconds behind Quintana.

16:29Van Garderen 4th at half-mark

At the intermediate check, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) is fourth fastest in 12 minutes, slightly behind Diego Ulissi (LAM).

16:25Porte is on course

Yellos jersey holder Richie Porte (SKY) is on course. All the riders in this Paris-Nice have now started.

16:24Spilak fastest at half-mark

Fourth in Paris-Nice last year, and also fourth on the stage to Col d'Eze, Simon Spilak (KAT) is fastest ay the intermediate time check on 11:53.

16:23Ulissi on 12 minutes at the intermediate

Former junior world champion Diego Ulissi (LAM) is second fastest at the intermediate timing, five seconds behind Quintana.

16:20Van Garderen on the course

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) is on the course. The last five starters will soon be on their way to fight it out for the outcome of this Paris-Nice.

16:14Good time for Jeannesson

Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) clocks the 4th fastest time in 20:33.

16:13Quintana would have been third in 2012

Nairo Quintana (MOV) was one of the favourites on this Paris-Nice and was slightly disappointing on Montagne de Lure. His time of 19:43 would have placed him on the podium last year. 

16:11Quintana under 20 minutes

Nairo Quintana (MOV) is the first rider under 20 minutes in 19:43 at an average speed of 29.2 kph. He leaves Scarponi 36 seconds adrift.

16:07Quintana impresses

At the intermediate timing (km 5.6) Colombia's Nairo Quintana (MOV) is the first rider under 12 minutes in 11:55.

16:06Scarponi in the lead

Michele Scarponi (LAM) is now in the lead. The former Giro winner improved on Ion Izagirre's time by three seconds.

15:36Izaguirre fastest

Ion Izaguirre Inausti (EUS) is the new provisional leader on 20:22. He improves Copppel's time by 11 seconds.

15:26Best time for Coppel

20:33 for Jerome Coppel (COF), the fastest time by 14 seconds over Javier Moreno (MOV) .

15:22Tschopp will keep the polka-dot jersey

Johann Tshcopp (IAM) finished in 21:28. The Swiss is the best climber in this Paris-Nice.

15:16Javier Moreno the new leader

Spain's Javier Moreno (MOV) is the new leader in 20:47. He bettered Cattaneo's time by four seconds.

15:05Cattaneo improves Roy's mark

In 20:51, Italy's Mattia Cattaneo (LAM) improves Jeremy Roy's mark by eight seconds.

15:02Sutherland now second fastest

Australia's Rory Sutherland (TST) is now second fastest in 21:17, 18 seconds behind Jeremy Roy.

15:00Second fastest for Herrada Lopez

Jesus Herrada Lopze (MOV) is second fastest now on 21:23.

14:54Viviani improves his time

Former green jersey holder Elia Viviani today tweeted that his goal today was to improve on his time last year. Mission accomplished: 22:32 against 23:18 last year.

14:52Wiggins holds Col d'Eze record

The Briton holds the fastest time on the climb in 19:12 (30 kph) but on a shorter course than the one on which Sean Kelly clocked 19:45 in 1986 at an average speed of 30.4 kph.

14:14Roy under 21:00

France's Jeremy Roy (FDJ) leads comofrtably now in 20:59.

14:13Gaudin fastest

Prologue winner Damien Gaudin (EUC) is fastest on 22:11.

14:06Millar struggles

David Millar (GRS) finishes in a disappointing 23:51.

14:03First time for Flens

Rick Flens (BLA) is the first rider to finish in 22:35.

14:02In the press today

In L'Equipe, Sylvain Chavanel tells how while he doubts his chances to finish on the podium of Paris-Nice and already sets his sights on the upcoming classics: "The Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix are the ones that suit me best. I usually fare well but there was always a little something missing, a bit of luck. Roubaix is really dear to my heart and I have it at the back of my mind."
L'Equipe also reported that stage 1 winner Nacer Bouhanni, who crashed in stage 2, would not...

13:59Tweets of the day

Andrew Talansky ‏@andrewtalansky
"A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways as they are capable of understanding"

ELIA VIVIANI ‏@eliaviviani
‪#ParisNice‬ here is the last stage, a climbing time trial in Nice… Nice! My objective? Beat my time of last year.

PHILIPPE GILBERT ‏@PhilippeGilbert
Almost a nice win in Nice! Thank you to the guys today.

13:56Team classification

Katusha are leading the team standings with a 45 seconds lead over AG2R and a 1:08 gap over Astana.

13:54Polka-dot jersey

The polka-dot jersey is on the back of Swiss Johann Tschopp (IAM), who can no longer be caught by closest rival Thierry Hupond of France (ARG). His 40 points lead should lead the Swiss to ride safely towards the podium up Col d'Eze.

13:54White jersey

Andrew Talansky (GRS) leads fellow-American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) by 20 seconds and Italian Diego Ulissi (LAM) by 22. The white jersey could still change hands on Col d'Eze.

13:44Millar started too

David Millar (GRS) started too. The Scot is in the unusual position of starting a time trial in second position.

13:43Rick Flens gone

The first starter of the day, Dutchman Rick Flens (BLA) is now on the course.

13:42Green jersey

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) is a solid leader on 76 points, but he can still be caught by Andrew Talansky (GRS), who lies 15 points behind him and should normally finish ahead of him in the time trial up Col d'Eze. Borut Bozic (AST) is one point behind Talansky bur probably missed his chance in the final sprint to Nice on stage 6.

13:41Yellow Jersey

Richie Porte (SKY) retained his yellow jersey thanks to a great teamwork by Vasili Kiryienka and David Lopez Garcia in the descent towards Nice in stage 6. The Australian tackles the climb to the Col d'Eze, above his residence of Monaco, with a 32 seconds lead over American Andrew Talansky (GRS). Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ) took the third place overall, 42 seconds adrift, thanks to his stage victory on Promenade des Anglais.

13:40Welcome on stage 7

Welcome on the 7th and final stage of Paris-Nice, a 9.6-kms individual time trial from Nice to Col d'Eze.


Jersey wearers after the stage 7

Classifications after the stage 7


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