Sunday March 16th, 2014

Stage 8Nice / Nice

Start 13h35 GMT 2+

Carlos Betancur: "A great honour"

interview16.03.2014Stage 8- Nice / Nice

"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 France in which I will have real ambitions."

AG2R manager Vincent Lavenu was really moved by this first victory in the Race to the Sun by a French team in 23 years: "23 years is also when our team was created. In the meantime we won the Dauphine twice, we finished thirdh and second here but never managed to win Paris-Nice. It's extremely gratifying to win one of the greatest stage races on the calendar. It also shows that we really have an international calibre. Originally we had planned to field Jean-Christophe Peraud on Paris-Nice but when we realised there was no time trial, we decided to opt for Carlos, who would have lost time in a timed effort. He is only at the beginning of a great career and has the talent to one day win a Grand Tour."

Stage 8 Nice / Nice

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