Saturday March 15th, 2014

Stage 7Mougins / Biot Sophia Antipolis

Start 11h50 GMT 2+

Key moments

Stage summary15.03.2014 in 17:33Slagter forgets trouble with double

Spurred by an untimely mechanical in the previous stage, Tom-Jelte Slagter (GRS) hit back to snatch his second stage victory in this Paris-Nice, surging in the finale of a breath-taking seventh stage in Biot to beat world champion Rui Costa (LAM) and yellow jersey holder Carlos Betancur (ALM).

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interview15.03.2014 in 17:54Vincent Lavenu: "Very important for us to win Paris-Nice"

"Obviously Lampre proved they were strong today by working for Rui Costa.They are the toughest team and the one  we will have to check most closely. The pressure was enormous today but I guess we managed to control the race pretty well. Romain Bardet again did a hell of a job in the finale. I hope Carlos will be as strong as he has been all week. It's very important for us to win Paris-Nice, because it's a race we never managed to win in the many years we've been around."

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interview15.03.2014 in 17:48Carlos Betancur: "Still a dream"

"We spent a very tough day, there was a lot of pressure on us, but the whole team did a great job, especially in the last kilometers when I received great support while the tension was at its highest. Now we have to stay on our guards tomorrow because some riders are still pretty close. I'm close to victory but it's still a dream. It would be an enormous satisfaction to win this race, one of the greatest in the world."

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interview15.03.2014 in 17:42Slagter: "The best possible revenge"

"Yesterday at the start I was feeling really good and I lost everything in the end. It was the best possible revenge to win the stage today. It's definitely a great Paris-Nice for me, not quite a revelation because I won the Tour Down Under last year, but obviously it gives me great morale for the future. It's a little bit like what Andrew (Talansky) did here a year ago. I will now be riding the classics and the Tour of the Basque Country before the Giro, so it's a long and tough...

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Sporting stakes14.03.2014 in 17:10AG2R and Sky to battle it out

Winner of the last two stages of this Paris-Nice, Carlos Betancur (ALM) looks the most solid leader of the race since it started in Mantes-la-Jolie last Sunday. Yet his advantage over Geraint Thomas (SKY) remains slimmest with only eight seconds, which could easily be taken back  on the six climbs of the day, including two first category ascents – Col de Vence and Col de l'Ecre. The battle whole day might well be between two of the strongest teams in this edition, AG2R and Team Sky....

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Jersey wearers after the stage 8

Classifications after the stage 8


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