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).read more
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."read more
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."read more
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...read more
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....read more
|16:56||Top five overall standings|
Top five overall standings after stage 7:
1. Carlos Betancur (ALM)
2. Rui Costa (LAM) 14 seconds behind
3. Zdenek Stybar (OPQ) 26 secs
4. Jose Jaquin Rojas (MOV) 27 secs
5. Jakob Fuglsang (AST) 29 secs.
|16:54||Top five placings|
Top five placings in the 195.5 kms seventh stage of Paris-Nice in Biot Sophia-Antipolis:
1. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands, GRS)
2. Rui Costa (Portugal, LAM)
3. Carlos Betancur (Colombia, ALM)
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain, MOV)
5. Arthur Vichot (France, FDJ)
|16:51||Slagter wins stage 7|
Tom-Jelte Slagter (GRS) wins the 195.5-kms 7th stage of Paris-Nice. Rui Costa (LAM) was second and Carlos Betancur (ALM) was second.
Vincenzo Nibali (AST) attacks in the finale.
Romain Bardet (AG2R) leads the bunch until the last kilometre.
Dries Devenyns (GIA) leads on his own under the red flame.
|16:47||2 kms to go...|
... and the bunch is packed again.
Three kilometres to go and Jakob Fuglsang (AST) attacks in turn. The Dane lies 6th overall, 25 seconds behind Carlos Betancur.
|16:45||Thomas back on his bike|
Race leader for two days, Thomas is back on his bike but he lost considerable time. He was second, eight seconds behind Carlos Betancur, at the start of the stage.
|16:44||Geraint Thomas crashed|
Geraint Thomas (SKY) crashed and is on the tarmac, holding his collarbone. Franck Schleck (TFR) and Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) were also involved in the crash.
|16:43||5 kms to go...|
... and two Lampre riders still lead the way. Carlos Betancur, French chapion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) and Rui Costa are well-placed.
|16:40||Lampre now lead the bunch|
Jose Serpa (LAM) and a Lampre team-mate have seized the reins of the peloton, working for world champion Rui Costa.
|16:36||Chavanel attacks again|
Umptenth attack by Sylvain Chavanel (IAM) with 10 kms to go.
|16:34||Gavazzi in the lead|
12 kms to go and Francesco Gavazzi (AST) has surged on his own.
|16:34||Tremendous work by AG2R|
Led by Romain Bardet, team AG2R perfectly control the peloton, and yellow jersey holder Carlos Betancur looks very easy.
|16:32||Two men in the lead|
13 kms to go and Tim Wellens (LTB) and Jose Serpa (LAM) are now in the lead.
|16:29||15 kms to go...|
... and the peloton is packed again.
|16:26||Feline alone in front|
After the second passage on the line, Fabio Felline (TFR) was alone in the lead, his former breakaway companions haveing been caught.
|16:22||20 kms to go|
... and the nine, led by an hyperactive Chavanel, retain a slim ten seconds lead over the chasing bunch.
Green jersey holder John Degenkolb (GIA) changed bikes after a mechanical.
|16:18||Nine men in the lead|
Nine riders are on the move again with 27 kms to go: Alex Howe (GRS), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), Feancesco Gavazzi 5AST) Jan Bakelants (OPQ) , Fabio Felline (TFR), John Gadret (MOV), Yuri Trofimov (KAT), Angel Mate (COF), Nicki Sorensen (TCS). They lead the peloton by 18 seconds.
|16:11||The five caught|
The five were reined in.
|16:10||30 kms to go...|
... and five other riders try their luck in turn.
The eight escapees were reined in by the peloton.
|16:06||Eight men in the lead|
Km 161 - Eight men are in the lead, including Thomas Voeckler (EUC), Sylvain Chavanel (IAM), David Lopez Garcia (SKY) and ALessandro De Marchi (CAN).
|16:02||Lopez in the lead|
David Lopez (SKY) is now alone in the lead with 35.5 kms to go.
Lieuwe Westra (AST) was caught shortly after the sprint.
|16:00||Result of the second print|
Km 158 - Biot-Sophia-Antipolis (1st passage)
1. Lieuwe Westra (AST) Three seocnds, threee points
2. Rui Costa (LAM) 2 secs, 2 points
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV) 1 sec, 1 pt
|15:54||All caught except Westra|
Westra is the last man out and maintains a 20 seconds lead over the peloton with 40 kms to go.
|15:51||Westra on his own|
Km 152 - Lieuwe Westra (AST) dropped Lemoine and Guillou and leads the chasing peloton by 15 seconds.
Lieuwe Westra (AST), Cyril Lemoine (COF) and Florian Guillou (BSE) insist as the junction is about to take place.
|15:42||50 kms to go...|
... and Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA), Florian Guillou (BSE), Matthias Frank (IAM) and Cyril Lemoine (COF) only lead the bunch by 40 seconds.
|15:41||Lionel Marie (GIA) - We'll see after the first passage|
Giant Shimano team director Lionel Marie told www.letour.fr his views about the finale: "We'll see after the first passage on the line to see whether John (Degenkolb) will be able to stay with the best on the hills around Biot. In my opinion, it will be too hard but we'll see. That's the reason why Europcar are leading now, they want to lead out Bryan Coquard for the stage victory. For us, the real threat for the green jersey is Carlos Berancur."
|15:35||Gap down to 1:10|
Km 138 - Europcar lead the chase and bring the peloton back to 1:10 behind the escapees. Bryan Coquard looks really ambitious for today's finale.
|15:31||Ligthart solid polka-dot leader|
Pim Ligthart (LTB) collected all 32 points on offer today and now has 41 points in the mountain standings.
|15:29||Results on Cote de Gourdon|
Km 131 - Cote de Gourdon (2nd cat)
3. Lieuwe Westra (AST) 3 points
|15:20||The race in Cote de Gourdon|
The break and the peloton are in the second-category Cote de Gourdon, the last ascent on the day's menu (top at km 131). The last gap is 2:20.
|15:10||Results on Cote de Cipieres|
Km 120 - Cote de Cipieres (3rd cat)
|15:07||Franck Pineau - "Arthur will look for bonus seconds"|
|14:44||Gap down to 2:50|
Km 100 - Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA), Florian Guillou (BSE), Mathias Frank (IAM) and Cyril Lemoine (COF) lead the peloton by 2:50.
|14:35||Guttierez calls it quits|
Jose Ivan Guttierez (MOV) gave up in the feeding zone (km 89).
|14:25||Feillu caught by the peloton|
The peloton reached the top of Col de l'Ecre (km85) 3:35 behind the eight escapees. Brice Feillu was caught by the main bunch.
|14:24||Results on Col de l'Ecre|
Km 85 - Col de l'Ecre (1st cat)
1. Pim Ligthart (LTB)) 10 points
2. Mathias Frank (IAM) 8 points
3. Laurent Didier (TFR) 6 points
|14:05||Eight men in the lead|
Km 79 - In Col de l'Ecre, Brice Feillu (BSE) was dropped by his former breakaway companions. Eight men left in the lead.
|13:55||Gap down to 3:20|
Km 75 - The gap between the nine escapees and the peloton now down to 3:20. Carlos Betancur's AG2R team-mates are still leading the chase.
|13:53||Average speed 37.5 kph|
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 33.3 kph for an overall speed of 37.5 kph.
|13:45||Latest gap 4:00|
Km 67.5 - The peloton trailed the nine escapees by four minutes at the top of Cote de Cipieres.
|13:44||Ligthart leads the mountain classification|
Pim Lightart (LTB) now leads the mountain classification on 23 points with a three points lead over Sylvain Chavanel (IAM).
|13:42||Results on Cote de Cipieres|
Km 67.5 - Cote de Cipieres (3rd cat)
|13:17||5:35 at the top|
Km 49 - The peloton was 5:35 behind the nine escapees at the top of Col de Vence.
|13:16||Ligthart threatens Chavanel|
Pim Ligthart (LTB) is now on 19 points in the mountain classification, only one point behind current polka-dot jersey holder Sylvain Chavanel (IAM). The Dutchman collected nine points in yesterday's stage. Chavanel's team-mate Mathias Frank tried to stop him collect the 10 point on Col de Vence but failed.
|13:14||Results on Col de Vence|
Km 49 - Col de Vence (1st cat)
|12:51||Average speed 41.7 kph|
The average speed in the first hour of the stage was 41.7 kph.
|12:49||Nine men in the lead|
Km 41 - As the three chasers join the six escapees, nine men are now in the lead. They are Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA), Florian Guillou (BSE), Matthias Frank (IAM), Brice Feillu (BSE) and Cyril Lemoine (COF).
|12:46||Polka-dot jersey threatened|
Ducthman Pim Ligthart (LTP) could be a threat to polka-dot jersey holder Sylvain Chavanel (IAM). Should he be first at the top of Col de Vence, he would find himself on 19 points against 20 for the Frenchman.
|12:44||Gap up to 5:40|
The gap between the six escapees and the bunch on the sprint line was 5:40. The peloton is led by AG2R riders.
|12:39||Result of the first sprint|
Km 34 - Tourrettes-sur-Loup
|12:38||The race in Tourrettes-sur-Loup|
The race is in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a stage finish in 2010. The late Xavier Tondo had won the stage ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Peter Sagan. He died in a domestic accident in 2011.
|12:34||Yvon Ledanois: "Beware of Rui Costa"|
BMC team director Yvon Ledanois talked to www.letour.fr about a week of racing: "It was obviously difficult to lose our leader on the first day. It's hard to get the motivation back but we tried to have guys in the breaks like we did yesterday but it didn't always work. Today is a very tricky stage that should not be taken lightly especially as many riders are tired. The pace was incredibly fast yesterday and some guys could suffer today as a result," he said.
Marco Marcato (CAN) has been dropped from the chasing group as his former companions Mathias Frank (IAM), Brice Feillu (BSE) and Cyril Lemoine (COF) are 35 seconds behind the six escapees.
|12:21||Gap up to 4:25|
Km 19 - Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA) and Florian Guillou (BSE) lead Matthias Frank (IAM), Marco Marcato (CAN), Brice Feillu (BSE) and Cyril Lemoine (COF) by 45 seconds.
The peloton is 4:25 adrift.
|12:19||Didier lauunched the break|
Luxembourg's Laurent Didier (TFR) was the rider who started today's move. Reminder he is the son of former pro Lucien Didier and the grandson of former Tour de France yellow jersey holder Jean Diederich.
|12:16||Westra a Paris-Nice specialist|
Dutch escapee Lieuwe Westra (AST) came close to winning Paris-Nice to years ago, finishing second to Bradley Wiggins by eight seconds in 2012. That year he won a stage in Mende.
|12:07||Gap up to 1:30|
Km 11 - Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA) and Florian Guillou (BSE) lead the four chasers by 30 seconds and the peloton by 1:30.
|12:03||Moinard back in the bunch|
Km 10 - Amael Moinard (BMC) has been caught back by the bunch. Four mean are chasing behind the six escapees.
|11:59||Situation of the race|
Km 4 - Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA) and Florian Guillou (BSE) lead Matthias Frank (IAM), Marco Marcato (CAN), Brice Feillu (BSE), Amael Moinard (BMC) and Cyril Lemoine (COF) by 15 seconds.
The peloton 32 seconds behind.
|11:56||The six in the lead|
The six in the lead are Lieuwe Westra (AST), Pim Ligthart (LTB) Laurent Didier (TFR), Sylvester Szmyd (MOV), Albert Timmer (GIA) and Florian Guillou (BSE). They are chased by four riders.
|11:53||Six men in the lead|
Six riders broke clear from the gun. They hold a 22 seconds lead over the peloton.
|11:52||In the press today|
In local paper Nice-Matin, Amael Moinard (BMC) explains what to expect on the roads of stage 7 on which he trains daily in the mid-season.
The start was given at 11:50 to 157 riders.
Two stage wins in two days were enough for Carlos Betancur (AG2R) to topple Geraint Thomas (SKY), but the Briton limited the damage and is only eight seconds off the pace. World champion Rui Costa missed stage victory by the blink of an eye in Fayence but still progressed to third overall, 18 seconds behind the Colombian, an ideal position to wait and see in the two weekend stages.
|11:40||Climbs of the day:|
Km 49 - Col de Vence (1st cat)
|11:39||Sprints of the day|
Km 34 - Tourrettes-sur-Loup
|11:35||Welcome on Stage 7|
Welcome on the 195.5-km 7th stage of Paris-Nice between Mougins and Biot Sophia-Antipolis.
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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