David de la Cruz wins stage in Paris-Nice, Marc Soler takes the race by four seconds
Mar 11 2018 10:12 pm CET

David de la Cruz wins stage in Paris-Nice, Marc Soler takes the race by four seconds
David de la Cruz wins stage in Paris-Nice, Marc Soler takes the race by four seconds
Photo of David de la Cruz © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

David de la Cruz (Team Sky) has won the last stage of Paris-Nice. Movistar's Marc Soler was third on the stage and this was enough for him to win the race.

The eighth and final stage of the French race was 110 kilometres long from and to Nice with a route that included fourth climbs of the second category and two of the first category. The stage started with an escape of twenty riders but as the climbs passed it became smaller until only Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Omar Fraile (Astana) remained.

Around the 60-kilometre mark Alaphilippe dropped and about 20 kilometres later Marc Soler (Movistar) and David de la Cruz (Sky) joined Fraile in front. With 20 kilometres to go, Fraile changed the pace again and rode away on his own, with the other two following closely.

Behind them, the group of favourites also became smaller and several attacks by riders like Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) managed to leave Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) behind, with the risk of losing the lead of the General Classification.

In front, the chasers connected again with Fraile and with 11 kilometres to go De la Cruz attacked and created a gap. Behind them, a small group that included Dylan Teuns (BMC), Wellens and the Izagirre brothers set a good pace and increased the gap with Yates.

On the last descent of the day, the rainy and slippery roads caused a crash of both Izagirre brothers, who were soon caught by the Yates' group while the group of Wellens and Teuns rode away chasing those in front.

The descent also allowed the trio in front to rejoin and the Spaniards arrived to the finish line together. De la Cruz and Fraile fought out a close sprint which was won by the rider of Team Sky. After the arrival of Soler it was a short wait for the others to arrive, which would then decide the winner of the race.

The bonification seconds of the stage were enough to give Soler the overall victory of the race and Yates had to settle for second position at only four seconds from the Spaniard. Gorka Izagirre completed the podium of the French race.




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