Stage summary16.03.2014 in 17:32Betancur conquers Paris-Nice for Colombia
Carlos Betancur (ALM) became the first Colombian to win Paris-Nice after the final stage around Nice won by French champion Arthur Vichot on Sunday.read more
interview16.03.2014 in 17:56Carlos Betancur: "A great honour"
"It's a great honour to win such a great race and to show that Colombian cycling is back. I was very proud with my 5th place in the Giro d'Italia but this is greater. It's more important to win such a great race ahead of so many great riders. It also shows what a strong team AG2R is. Last year I started my season in the Tour of Catalunya. This time I started earlier and it's really a morale booster before the classics. The rest of my program of the season will climax with the Tour de...read more
interview16.03.2014 in 17:42Arthur Vichot: "Great to win the queen stage"
"It's the first time I win with the tricolore jersey on. It was the queen stage of Paris-Nice, it's just great. The profile of this Paris-Nice favoring riders of my calibre made me the team leader for once. To finish on the podium after such a great stage it's just great. Now I'm going to concentrate on the classics and as early as next weekend on Milan-San Remo even though the course has changed and suits the sprinters better. I've not turned into a stage race specialist. Other stages races...read more
Sporting stakes15.03.2014 in 18:11Not a lazy Sunday afternoon...
Six years ago, AG2R came within three seconds of winning Paris-Nice with Ronaldo Nicentini and the French team now dream of making it at last with Carlos Betancur in the winding 128-kms last stage around Nice. His 14 seconds lead over world champion Rui Costa (LAM) looks solid enough on paper for the Colombian to deliver and hand his country its first ever victory in the Race to the Sun. The Portuguese was twice beaten on the line in the last two days, by Betancur and by Dutchman Tom-Jelte...read more
|16:49||Top five placings|
Top five final overall standings:
1. Carlos Betancur (ALM)
2. Rui Costa (LAM) 14 seconds behind
3. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) 20 seconds
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV) 21 seconds
5. Zdenek Stybar (OPQ) 25 seconds
|16:46||Top 5 placings|
Top five palcings in the 128-kms 8th and final stage of Paris-Nice.
1. Arthur Vichot (Fance, FDJ)
2.Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain, MOV)
3. Cyril Gauthier (France, EUC)
4. Damiano Caruso (Italy, CAN)
5. Wilco Kelderman (NEtherlands, BEL)
|16:43||Rui Costa crashed|
World champion Rui Costa (LAM) was involved in a crash 200 metres from the finish line and is lying on the tarmac.
|16:43||Vichot wins stage 8|
Arthur Vichot (FDJ) won the 8th and final stage of Paris-Nice.
|16:41||Under the red flame...|
... and Simon Spilak (KAT) and Frank Schleck (TFR) still lead the yellow jersey group by three seconds.
|16:40||2 kms to go...|
... and Simon Spilak (KAT) and Frank Schleck (TFR) lead the yellow jersey group by seven seconds.
|16:39||3 kms to go...|
... and the gap is now down to 11 seconds between Simon Spilak (KAT), Frank Schleck (TFR) and the yellow jersey group.
|16:38||5 kms to go...|
... and Frank Schleck and Simon Spilak maintain a 16 seconds lead over the chasing bunch, led by AG2R and Movistar riders.
|16:36||Spilak the threat|
Simon Spilak (KAT) is a serious threat as he lies 39 seconds behind Carlos Betancur overall.
|16:35||Gap up to 20 seconds|
8 kms to go and Spilak and Frank Schleck lead the bunch by 20 seconds.
|16:31||Result of the second sprint|
Km 114.5 - Eze
1. Simon Spilak (KAT) Three points, three seconds
2. Frank Schleck (TFR) 2 pts 2 secs
3. Arhtur Vichot (FDJ) 1 sec, 1 pt
|16:30||Schleck and Spiak in the lead|
Frank Schleck (TFR) and Simon Spilak (KAT) are now in the lead, with a ten seconds lead over the yellow jersey group.
|16:29||Results on Col d'Eze|
Km 113 - Col d'Eze (1st cat)
1. Frank Schleck (TFR) 10 points
2. Eduardo Sepulveda (BSE) 8 points
3. Rui Costa (LAM) 6 points
4. Stephan Denifl (IAM) 4 points
5. Wilco Calderman (BEL) 3 points
6. Jakob Fuglsang (LAM) 2 points
7. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) 1 point
Zdenek Stybar (OPQ), third overall, has been slightly dropped by the peloton as Rui Costa (LAM) raised the tempo in front of the pack, Carlos Betancur in his wheel.
|16:23||Lopez in the lead|
David Lopez Garcia (SKY) attacked with 16 kms to go as Vincenzo Nibali (AST) has been dropped from the bunch.
|16:21||Bennett on the move|
New Zealand's George Bennett (CAN) attacked on the climb.
|16:20||AG2R in control|
Mikael Cherel (ALM) is now taking the reins of the peloton, perfectly controlling the race for yellow jersey holder Carlos Betancur.
|16:18||Trofimov reined in|
Km 109 - Yury Trofimov (KAT) has been caught by the peloton at the foot of Col d'Eze.
|16:16||20 kms to go....|
... and Yury Trofimov (KAT) retains a 12 seconds lead over the peloton.
|16:08||Movistar lead the chase|
Movistar are sharing turns with AG2R to lead the peloton chase behind Trofimov.
|16:06||30 kms to go...|
... and Trofimov is alone in the lead with a 45 seconds lead as Cousin and Mate are brought back by the peloton.
|16:03||Situation of the race|
Km 95 - Yuri Trofimov (KAT) leads Jerome Cousin (EUC) and Luis Mate (COF) by 20 seconds and the eloton by 42 seconds.
|15:59||Trofimov in the lead|
Yuri Trofimov (AST) is alone in the lead, six seconds ahead of his two breakaway companions, Jerome Cousin (EUC) and Luis MAte (COF).
|15:57||Three in the lead|
Km 89 - Three men broke clear in the descent of Cote de Peille: Jerome Cousin (EUC), Yuri Trofimov (KAT) and Luis Mate (COF). They lead the peloton by 22 seconds.
|15:55||Results on Cote de Peile|
Km 87 - Cote de Peille (1st cat)
2. Vincenzo Nibali(AST) 8 points
3. Simon Spilak (KAT) 6 points
4. Wilco Kelderman (BEL) 4 points
5. Jerome Coppel (COF) 3 points
6. Matthew Busche (TFR)2 points
7. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)1 point
|15:52||Bunch regroups in descent|
The Nibali group was reined in in the descent. The peloton is packed again.
|15:51||Nine in the lead|
One kilometre from the top of Cote de Peille, nine men are in the lead: Jerome Coppel (COF), Matthew Busche (TFR), Jerome Cousin (EUC), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Vincenzo Nibali (AST), Simon Spilak (KAT), Franceco Gavazzi (AST), Wilco Kalderman (BEL) and Xabier Zandio (SKY).
AG2R lead the peloton but struggle to quash the skirmishes coming from everywhere.
|15:47||Spilak goes too|
Simon Spilak (KAT) attacked in turn behind Nibali with Wilco Kalderman (BEL).
Vincenzo Nibali (AST) and his team-mate Lieuwe Westra surged from the main pack to chase behind what is left of the breakaway group.
|15:42||Four in the lead|
Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Jerome Cousin (EUC) and Xabier Zandio (SKY) joined Coppel and Busche in the lead. Five men in the lead.
|15:40||Coppel and Busche in the lead|
Jerome Coppel (COF) and Matthew Busche (TFR) are now in the lead after the front group dissolved.
|15:38||Several dropped in the climb|
Several riders have been dropped by the main pack on Cote de Peille, among them green jersey holder John Degenkolb (GIA) and polka-dot jersey holder Pim Ligthart (LTB).
|15:37||Average speed 41.55 kph|
The average speed in the second hour of the stage was 41.6 kph for an overall speed of 41.55 kph.
|15:35||Astana take over from Movistar|
Astana are now leading the peloton, who tackle Cote de Peille (km 87, 1st category).
|15:32||50 kms tp go...|
... and Movistar riders have seized the reins of the peoton, some 1:35 behind the 16 escapees.
|15:29||Hofland back in the bunch|
Stage 2 winner Moreno Hofland (BEL) has been caught by the peloton (Km 74).
|15:24||Results in Cote de Calaison|
Km 70 - Cote de Calaison (2nd cat)
2. Matthew Busche(TFR) 5 points
3. Jerome Cousin (EUC) 3 points
4. Francesco Gavazzi (AST) 2 points
5. Xabier Zandio (SKY) 1 point
Peloton 1:50 behind
|15:20||Gap now 1:50|
Km 68 - The gap between the 16 escapees and the peloton is now 1:50.
|15:18||Two Belkin riders out|
Jetse Bol and Maarten Wynants also called it quits.
|15:16||Sebastien Chavanel quits|
Sebastian Chavanel (FDJ) joins the long list of riders to give up today.
|15:11||16 riders in the lead|
Sixteen riders are in the lead now after the group reformed while stage 2 winner Moreno Hofland (BEL) was dropped.
|15:08||Four in the lead|
Km 67 - Zandio (SKY), Pineau (IAM), Keukeleire (OGE) and Favilli (LAM) broke clear in the descent and lead their 15 former companions by eight seconds. The peloton is one minute behind.
Thomas Voeckler (EUC) and Adiren Petit (COF) call it quits too.
|15:02||Results on Cote de Chateauneuf|
Km 55.5 - Cote de Chateauneuf (2nd cat)
1. Danilo Hondo (TFR) 7 points
2. Jerome Coppel (COF) 5 points
3. Fabio Favilli (LAM) 3 points
4. Marco Marcato (CAN) 2 points
5. Michel Koch (CAN) 1 point
|14:57||17 in the lead|
km 55 - Jerome Pineau has been reined in. Seventeen riders are now in the lead again.
Jimmy Engoulvent (EUC) is the latest rider to give up.
Km 53 - Jerome Pineau (IAM) broke clear of his 16 breakaway companions. The Frenchman leads them by 10 seconds and the peloton by 55 seconds.
Three more riders have just called it quits. Tyler Farrar and Fabian Wegmann (both GRS) and Taylor Phinney (BMC).
|14:38||Tinkoff Saxo lead the chase|
Three Tinkoff-Saxo riders have been leading the chase for a few kilometres.
|14:37||Kroon leaves Paris-Nice too|
Karsten Kroon (TCS) also bids farewell to the Race to the Sun.
|14:36||Average speed 41.5 kph|
The average speed in the first hour of the stage was 41.5 kph.
|14:34||Gap back at one minute|
Km 40 - The 17 lead the main bunch by one minute.
|14:32||Two Giant Shimano riders out|
Koen De Kort and Albert Timmer (GIA) both called it quits.
|14:27||Romain Bardet: "Motivated to work for Carlos"|
Interviewed at the start by www.letour.fr, Romain Bardet (ALM) said how much he was motivated by the defense of team-mate carlos Betancur's yellow jersey: "We'll wait for tonight to draw conclusions. For now, we have a big stage ahead of us, with a great goal. With my problems in the beginning of the week, it was a little hard mentally, but now I'm motivated to work for Carlos. It brings lots of emotions and it's important for us to work together on a regular basis."
|14:25||Result on Cote de Duranus|
Km 33.5 - Cote de Duranus (2nd cat)
2. Xavier Zandio (SKY) 5 points
3. Marco Marcato (CAN) 3 points
4. Jerome Pineau (IAM) 2 points
5. Anthony Delaplace (BSE) 1 point
The peloton 50 seconds behind.
|14:23||Boonen and Steegmans out|
Tom Boonen and Gert Steegmans (both OPQ) abandoned.
|14:13||The 17 leaders|
The 17 leaders are Zandio (SKY), Von Hoff (GRS), Van Avermaet (BMC), Pineau (IAM), Keukeleire (OGE), Favilli (LAM), Gavazzi (AST), Hofland (BEL), Busche and Hondo (TFR), Cousin (EUC), Ervitti (MOV), Kristoff (KAT), Coppel (COF), Koch and Marcato (CAN) and Delaplace (BSE). They lead the peloton by one minute at kilometre 28.
|14:06||17 riders move|
Km 24 - 17 riders split with the peloton.
|14:04||Result of the first intermediate sprint|
Km 19 - Plan du Var
|13:56||Thomas: "All is OK"|
Forced out of the race after crashing in yesterday's finale, Geraint Thomas (SKY) gave reassuring news on his Twitter account and made it clear that he had not lost his sense of humor or his love for rugby. "All is ok thanks guys. Just gutted, good all race then boom... Nothing," he wrote last night.
Fabio Sabatini (CAN) abandoned.
Km 12 - The bunch is packed and led by Giant Shimano riders, working for green jersey holder John Degenkolb ahead of the intermediate sprint in Plan du Var (km 19).
|13:47||Bryan Coquard: "I'm better and better on climbs"|
Interviewed by www.letour.fr at the start, Bryan Coquard looked back on his Paris-Nice so far: "Overall I'm satisfied. I came to win a stage and it wasn't so far the day I finished 4th in Rive-de-Gier. I realize that the level is high but still I'm here. I do better and better on the climbs. It's a proof that I improved. I couldn't have done that last year. The positive side is that we managed to keep a good place for Cyril Gautier by controlling the race well, especially yesterday in...
|13:38||Five non starters|
Five starters did not start: Geraint Thomas (SKY), Edvald Boasson-Hagen (SKY), Stephen Cummings (BMC), Michael Matthews (OGE), Julien Simon (COF).
|13:36||Start was given|
The start was given at 13:35 to 151 riders.
|13:33||Arthur Vichot: "Room for honour placings"|
Interviewed before the start of stage 8, Arthur Vichot told www.letour.fr about his ambitions on the last day. "In my opinion, AG2R are strong enough to control the race and the battle will be more for honour placings than for victory. Personally, I'll just try to be in contention for the final sprint within the small group which will probably emerge in Col d'Eze. I feel good as a leader. I performed well in the end of the season World Tour races last season and I wanted to continue in the...
|13:30||In the press today|
Local paper Nice-Matin interviewed the Feillu brothers, Romain and Brice, who reveal they had not been together on a World Tour race since 2010, already on Paris-Nice. Romain and Brice add that they're hoping to reach their peak for the Tour: "Our peak is scheduled for the sunny days, two months from now."
Carlos Betancur (ALM) strengthened his overall lead in stage 7, but not on the same rider since Geraint Thomas was unfortunately forced out of the race with a broken collarbone after crashing in the finale to Biot. The Colombian now leads world champion Rui Costa (LAM) by 14 seconds while Czech Zdenek Stybar (OPQ) is third, 26 seconds adrift. While the AG2R leader is in a position of strength, he is far from 100 percent safe in a short but restless stage around Nice.
|13:15||Climbs of the day|
Km 33.5 - Cote de Duranus (2nd cat)
|13:14||Sprints of the day|
Km 19 - Plan du Var
|13:13||Welcome on the final stage|
Welcome on the 128-km 8th and final stage of Paris-Nice on Sunday. Stay tune to www.letour.fr
Jersey wearers after the stage 8
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