Stage summary14.03.2014 in 16:14Betancur in pole position for the final weekend
Carlos Betancur(ALM) emerged as the clear favourite to win the 72nd edition of Paris-Nice after his second back-to-back stage victory in Fayence, handing him the race leader's yellow jersey at the expense of Geraint Thomas (SKY) on Friday.read more
interview14.03.2014 in 17:14Betancur - "I'm a very ambitious rider"
"I knew it was going to be long day, with a lot of kilometres, but that the finale suited me. My AG2R team were very cohesive and this is the result of their great work. It would have been difficult to do better than we did today.
I think Geraint Thomas remains one of my most dangerous rivals as well as Nibali but AG2R are among the best teams to help me in the mountains and to defend the yellow jersey.
(Former Italian pro) Michele Bartoli is like a father for me, I live one...
Sporting stakes13.03.2014 in 16:48To make history again?
Fayence remains famous in the history of Paris-Nice for Alberto Contador's spectacular faltering in the 2009 edition but Friday's sixth stage, the longest this year at 221.5 km, has all it takes to make history. The general classification could hardly be tighter with 20 riders inside 20 seconds and the terrain is probably the most favourable this year for attacks and chances to take time. Geraint Thomas was fearing for his yellow jersey in yesterday's stage, thinking that sprinters like John...read more
|15:53||Top five overall standings|
Top five overall standings after the 221.5-kms 6th stage:
1. Carlos Betancur (Colombia, ALM)
2. Geraint Thomas (Britain, SKY) 8 seconds behind
3. Alberto Rui Costa (Portugal, LAM) 18 secs
4. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic, OPQ) 22 secs
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain, MOV) 24 secs
|15:49||Top five placings|
Top five placings in the 221.5-km 6th stage of Paris-Nice between St Saturnin-les-Avingon and Fayence.
2. Alberto Rui Costa (Portugal, LAM)
3. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic, OPQ)
4. Geraint Thomas (Britain, SKY)
5. Arthur Vichot (France, FDJ)
|15:47||Betancur wins stage 6|
Colombia's Carlos Betancur (ALM) wo, the 221.5-km 6th stage of Paris-Nice. Rui Costa (LAM) was second, Zdenek Stybar (OPQ) was third ahead of Geraint Thomas (SKY).
Rui-Costa attacks in the finale.
Vincenzo Nibali (AST) cracked in the last kilometre and is dropped.
|15:44||Vichot atatcks in turn|
French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) counter-atacks behind Vuillermoz.
One kilometre to go and Alexis Vuillermoz (ALM) went on his own in the last climb.
|15:42||AG2R take over|
AG2R now seize the lead of the peloton with two kilometres to go. Wilco Kelderman (BEL), 8th overall, has been dropped on a puncture.
|15:41||Thomas plays it safe|
Three kilometres to go and Geraint Thomas (SKY) is safely in the wheel of team-mate David Lopez, who leads the peloton.
Four kilometres to go and Simon Spilak (KAT) attacks. He is caught by a jittery Nibali, and then by the peloton.
|15:37||6 kms to go...|
... and Nibali brings the peloton back on Caruso and Devenyns. Geraint Thomas (SKY) stays in Nibaly's wheel.
|15:35||Nibali attacks in the descent|
Km 214 - Vincenzo Nibali (AST) moved away from the pack in the descent.
|15:32||10 kms to go...|
... and Damiano Caruso (CAN) and Dries Devenyns (GIA) are now in the front, leading the chasing bunch by 12 seconds.
|15:28||The six caught|
Km 207 - The six escapees have been caught by the main pack.
|15:27||Results in Col de Bourigaille|
Km 202.5 - Col de Bourigaille (1st cat)
|15:23||Six in the lead|
Eduardo Sepulvea (BSE), Yury Trofimov (KAT) and Przemyslaw Niemec (LAM)caught Frank Schleck (TFR), Stephan Denifl (IAM) and Alexis Vuillermoz (ALM) in the lead.
|15:20||20 kms to go...|
... and three men are now in the lead: Frank Schleck (TFR), Stephan Denifl (IAM) and Alexis Vuillermoz (ALM).
km 200 - Vuillemoz (ALM) and Serpa (LAM) were first caught by Matthias Frank (IAM) then by the rest of the peloton. Andy Schleck (TFR) and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) are among the riders currently dropped.
|15:12||Two in the lead|
Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) has been caught and dropped by Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R) and Jose Serpa (LAM).
|15:10||Degenkolb among those dropped|
Km 195 - Green jersey holder John Degenkolb (GIA), second overall, is among the riders dropped in the ascent of Col de Bourigaille.
|15:08||Chavanel leads the way|
Chavanel is now alone in the lead ahead of De Marchi after Voeckler and Ligthart ware dropped.
Thomas Voeckler (EUC) leads his three breakaway companions into Col de Bourigaille, with a 12 seconds lead over the chasing peloton.
|15:03||Result of the sprint in Fayence|
Km 193 - Fayence
3. Pim Ligthart (LTB)
Peloton 30 seconds behind.
|14:59||Four in the lead|
Km 189 - As the leading group scattered, Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), Thomas Vocekler (EUC), Alessandro de Marchi (CAN) and Pim Ligthart (OPQ) are now the only four riders left in the lead.
|14:56||Bernaudeau dropped from break|
Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC) was dropped from the leading group. Only 11 riders in the lead now, with a 28 seconds lead over the peloton.
|14:53||Gap down to 38 seconds|
Km 184 - Led by Team Sky's David Lopez and Edvald Boasson-Hagen, the peloton is now only 35 seconds behind the 12 escapees.
|14:46||Results on Cote du Mont-Meaulx|
Km 180 - Cote du Mont-Meaulx (3rd cat)
|14:39||AG2R lead the chase|
Km 172 - The AG2R team-mates of stage 5 winner Carlos Betancur lead the chase, 1:10 behind the 12 escapees.
|14:34||Twleve in the lead|
Km 169 - Chavanel and Voeckler joined the break. Twelve riders now in the lead.
|14:28||Results on Cote ds Tuilieres|
Km 164.5 - Cote des Tuilieres (2nd cat)
|14:23||Chavanel and Voeckler nearing|
Km 163.5 - One kilometre from the top of Cote des Tuilieres, Chavanel and Voeckler are 25 seconds behind the break. The main pack at 1:05.
|14:21||Chavanel and Voeckler counter-attack|
Km 162 - Frenchmen Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) and Thomas Voeckler (EUC) surged from the peloton to chase behind the break.
|14:17||Astana lead the chase|
Km 160 - Six Astana riders are leading the peloton, trailing the ten escapees by 1:30.
|14:14||The break in Cote des Tuilieres|
Km 159 - The ten escapees tackle the second category Cote des Tuilieres with a 1:45 lead over the peloton.
|14:12||The race in Draguignan|
The race is in Draguignan (km 158), home to eight Paris-Nice stage finishes and the traditional finish of the Tour du Haut-Var. The three last Paris-Nice stages held in town were won by Belgians, Freddy Maertens, Patrick Sercu and Jean-Luc Vandenbroucke.
|14:02||Gap down to 2:10|
Km 147 - Stephen Cummings (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (OGE), Mattia Cattaneo (LAM), Pim Ligthart (LTB), Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC), Gregory Rast (TFR), Aleksandr Kuchynski (KAT), Adrien Petit (COF), Alessandro De Marchi (CAN) and Florian Vachon (BSE) now lead the peloton by 2:10.
|14:00||Thierry Bricaud (FDJ): Arthur loves this course|
Interviewed by www.letour.fr, FDJ.fr team director Thierry Bricaud talked about the tactics for French champion Arthur Vichot, currently 11th overall, at the end of the stage.
|13:36||Average speed 43.6 kph|
The average speed in the third hour of the stage was 40.4 kph. The overall average speed was 43.6 kph.
|13:29||Guiberteau (GIA) - Fayence is too hard for John|
Asked whether John Degenkolb had a chance to stay with the best in the finale, Giant Shimano team director Christian Guiberteau was not optimistic: "No, it's too hard. And I'm afraid he will already be dropped in Bourigaille," he told www.letour.fr
|13:11||Gap down to 2:38|
Km 113 - The lead of Stephen Cummings (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (OGE), Mattia Cattaneo (LAM), Pim Ligthart (LTB), Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC), Gregory Rast (TFR), Aleksandr Kuchynski (KAT), Adrien Petit (COF), Alessandro De Marchi (CAN) and Florian Vachon (BSE) is down to 2:38.
|13:01||Kump gave up|
Marko Kump (TCS) has given up.
|12:50||Gap up to 3:05|
Km 98 - The ten lead the peloton by 3:05.
|12:49||Kuekeleire the best-placed|
Jens Keukeleire (OGE) is the best placed of the 10 escapees: 23rd, 25 seconds behind Geraint Thomas.
|12:38||Gap up to 2:55|
Km 90 - Stephen Cummings (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (OGE), Mattia Cattaneo (LAM), Pim Ligthart (LTB), Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC), Gregory Rast (TFR), Aleksandr Kuchynski (KAT), Adrien Petit (COF), Alessandro De Marchi (CAN) and Florian Vachon (BSE) now lead the peloton by 2:55.
|12:35||Average speed 45.2 kph|
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 44.1 kph for an overall speed of 45.25 kph.
|12:23||Gap to 2:45|
The gap between the peloton and Stephen Cummings (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (OGE), Mattia Cattaneo (LAM), Pim Ligthart (LTB), Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC), Gregory Rast (TFR), Aleksandr Kuchynski (KAT), Adrien Petit (COF), Alessandro De Marchi (CAN) and Florian Vachon (BSE) is now 2:45.
|12:22||Betancur on familiar terrain|
Stage 5 winner Carlos Betancur (ALM) knows the profile of this stage well. In the last Tour du Haut Var, which he won, he finished second in a similar stage to Draguignan behind Amael Moinard (BMC). The stage also comprised the Col de Bourigaille and the Cote des Tuilieres, the main two ascents in today's stage.
|12:10||Gasporotto chases alone|
Enrico Gasparotto (AST) is chasing on his own behind the ten escapees.
The ten riders now lead the peloton by 2:25.
|12:07||The ten in the lead|
The ten riders in the lead are Stephen Cummings (BMC), Jens Keukeleire (OGE), Mattia Cattaneo (LAM), Pim Ligthart (LTB), Giovanni Bernaudeau (EUC), Gregory Rast (TFR), Aleksandr Kuchynski (KAT), Adrien Petit (COF), Allessandro De Marchi (CAN) and Florian Vachon (BSE).
Km 69 - Ten riders again try their luck as the pace in the peloton is hectic.
|11:42||Moinard in the front|
Km 52 - Amael Moinard (BMC) attacked briefly but was run down. The Frenchman knows the course well, having won a stage of the Tour du Haut-Var on the same terrain recently.
|11:39||Degenkolb now one second behind Thomas|
Thanks to the two seconds bagged in the intermediate sprint in Lourmarin (km 46.5), John Degenkolb (GIA) is now one second behind Geraint Thomas (SKY) in the general classification.
|11:38||Average speed 46.4 kph|
The average speed in the first hour of the stage is 46.4 kph.
|11:37||Result of the sprint in Lourmarin|
Km 45.5 - Lourmarin
1. Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) three seconds, three points
2. John Degenkolb (GIA), 2 seconds, 2 points
3. Zdenek Stybar (OPQ), 1 second, 1 point
Km 46 - Chavanel stop his effort and waits for the bunch.
|11:24||Results on Cote de Bonnieux|
Km 36.5 - Cote de Bonnieux (3rd cat)
Peloton 15 seconds behind.
|11:20||Three in between|
Km 34 - Timmer, Koch and Yates are still between Chavanel and the peloton. The three lie 15 seconds adrift while the peloton is 23 seconds behind the plka-dot jersey holder.
|11:17||Chavanel on his own|
Km 33 - The eight were reined in to the exception of Chavanel, who insists.
|11:15||The eight escapees|
The eight riders in the break are Thor Hushovd (BMC), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), Simon Yates (OGE), Gert Steegmans (OPQ), Jimmy Engoulvent (EUC), Michel Koch (CAN), Albert Timmer (GIA), Anthony Delaplace (BSE). They lead the peloton by 30 seconds (km 31.5).
|11:12||Eight riders move|
Km 30 - Eight riders, including polka-dot jersey holder Sylvain Chavanel,attempt to break away from the main bunch.
|11:08||In the press today|
In local paper Var Matin, former pro Vincent Barteau tells how he works as an adviser on a film shot around Paris-Nice about the last days of Tour de France winner and former Paris-Nice promoter Laurent Fignon, called "The last breakaway": "He died in front of me, surrounded by his family."
|11:03||McPartland - "Simon's main goal is Milan-San Remo"|
Orica Greenedge team director David McPartland told www.letour.fr that Simon Gerrans, 72nd overall, 8:40 behind Geraint Thomas (SKY) did not have any more ambitions on this Paris-Nice and wanted to focus on his other goals ahead.
|10:52||Terpstra on his own|
Km 10 - Niki Tersptra (OPQ) attacked on his own but was reeled in four kilometres later.
|10:47||Romain Bardet - "My role is now to protect Carlos"|
France's Romain Bardet (ALM) was hampered by several mishaps in yesterday's stage (crash, punctures) and is now working for stage 5 winner Carlos Betancur, hoping to help him win Paris-Nice.
|10:37||Nine riders move|
Km 2 - Nine riders attempt to part company with the peloton.
The start of the 221.5-km 6th stage of Paris-Nice was given at 10:34 to 159 riders.
|10:21||Quotes at the start|
Geraint Thomas (SKY) made it clear he "would be surprised to be in yellow tonight" given the toughness of the day's stage. Green jersey holder John Degenkolb (GIA) was in the same frame of mind, admitting that "suffering starts today" for the sprinters like him, even when they are decent climbers. By contrast, other riders more familiar with that type of hilly terrain were more ambitious. French champion Arthur Vichot, who knows the roads well after winning the Tour du Haut Var in 2013, said...
Geraint Thomas (SKY) retained his yellow jersey as the top three positions in the GC did not budge in Rive de Gier on stage 5. The Welshman still leads stage 3 winner John Degenkolb (GIA) by three seconds and stage 4 winner Tom-Jelte Slagter (GRS) by four. But they are now all under threat from yesterday's stage winner Carlos Betancur of Colombia (ALM) who impressed in the finale with Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels (TFR) and Denmark's Jakob Fuglsang (AST), who is now 6th, 13 seconds behind...
|10:16||159 at the start|
159 riders are at the start. Simon Gerrans (OGE) did not start.
|10:15||Climbs of the day|
Km 221.5 - Finish in Fayence (2nd cat)
|10:13||Sprints of the day|
Km 45.5 - Lourmarin
Km 193 - Fayence
|10:07||Welcome on the 6th stage|
Welcome on the 221.5-km 6th stage of Paris-Nice between St Saturnin-les-Avignon and Fayence, the longest in this edition. Stay tuned to www.letour.fr
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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