It went full gas at the first intermediate sprint for the time bonus. Then when I saw that there was no breakaway attempt, I decided to save my strength before going for it. It was a decision we planned in the morning with my team directors and my team-mates. It's really a dream come true to win Paris-Nice and add my name to the winners list next to some of the greats of cycling....
I was never too far. If I had been told that I would ride such a good Paris-Nice at the start I would have been very pleased. Because I was so close, I'm a little disappointed as well. Now my priority will be the classics, it's important for me and my team. My next race is the Tour of Catalonya and I will just be going for a stage win. Then it'll be all for the classics"...
"It was just one of those days. It was a really hard day from the start. The team did a really god job. We really did as good as we could. It was a really aggressive race as we expected. I was just empty in the finale there. Marc Soler did a very good ride, I congratulate him. He's a very good rider and we've known him for a long time already. I had a stage win yesterday. I'm...
Spanish hopeful Marc Soler outshone Briton Simon Yates in a nail-biting final stage on the hills surrounding Nice to win the Race to the Sun by the blink of an eye. The 24-year-old Movistar rider, 37 seconds behind Yates at the start in the morning rain, crossed the line with a four-second lead over the Briton, 110 km and a few hours later, after another extremely...
Top 5 overall placings
1. Marc Soler (Spain, Movistar)
2. Simon Yates (Britain, Mitchelton-Scott) 4 seconds behind
3. Gorka Izagirre (Spain, Bahrain-Merida) 14 secs
4. Ion Izagirre (Spain, Bahrain-Merida) 16 secs
5. Tim Wellens (Belgium, Lotto-Soudal) 16 secs
1. David De La Cruz (Spain, Sky)
2. Omar Fraile (Spain, Astana)
3. Marc Soler (Spain, Movistar) three seconds behind
4. Patrick Konrad (Germany, Bora Hansrgrohe)
5. Tim Wellens (Belgium, Lotto-Soudal)
Spain's Marc Soler (Movistar) wins the 76th edition of Paris-Nice after Simon Yates finished 38 seconds behind in the stage. Soler beats Yates by four seconds.
Spain's David De la Cruz (Sky) wins stage 8 ahead of Omar Fraile. Marc Soler is third.
and Soler, De la Cruz and Fraile still lead the yellow jersey group by 40 seconds. Yates needs to finish witin 31 seconds of Soler to keep his jersey.
Fraile, Soler and De la Cruz lead Wellens, Teuns and Karapaz by 45 seconds and the Yates, Izagirre group by 1:00.
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