Michal Kwiatkowski: "We could have done 1 and 2"
"It was an exciting week. We reached our objective at the start, which was to win the GC. When you see everything that happened, it was very intense, with the first days in the crosswinds. But we managed to handle the situation. Today we had to control the operation launched by Quintana and we didn't panic. As for me, I tried hard to win this race but i couldn't...
Bernal: "I must keep my feet on the ground"
"It's a really good feeling. I can't believe I just won Paris-Nice. It's incredible for me. I'm happy. Was it hard to stay calm? Yes and no. When some riders started to attack, I couldn't follow them but I also knew I had a good team, a strong team and it can control the escapees. It was not difficult to be calm becauseI really believed in my team. The whole team...
Ion Izagirre: "It's exceptional"
"It was hard to finally raise the arms but what a nice day in Nice today. It was a very spectacular stage. This time I couldn't be in contention for the GC but I managed to win a stage. With Luis Leon Sanchez, we decided to go in the breakaway and then we saw some guys coming back from behind like Quintana. and then Miguel Angel Lopez told us he was tired. So in the last climb...
Bernal for a Colombian one-two
Harassed all day by a formidable Nairo Quintana, Egan Bernal (Sky) kept his cool to win the 77th edition of Paris-Nice at 22 on Sunday. While some expected Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step) to challenge the young Colombian in this finale around Nice, it is Quintana who led a fierce battle, à la Contador, to try and topple his compatriot. But Team Sky were too solid...
Top 5 stage results
1. Ion Izagirre (Astana)
2. Oliver Naesen (AG2R)
3. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb)
4. Daniel Martinez (Education First)
5. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe)
Egan Bernal wins Paris-Nice
Colombia's Egan Bernal (Sky) won the 77th edition of Paris-Nice.
Ion Izagirre wins stage 8
Spain's Ion Izagirre (Astana) won the 8th and final stage of Paris-Nice.
2 km to go
and Ion Izagirre leads Quintana, Yates, Van Garderen, Sanchez, Pozzovivo, Grossschartner, Naesen, Martinez and Kelderman by 20 seconds. The Bernal peloton is 35 seconds adrift.
Vietto the youngest Paris-Nice winner
France's René Vietto is the youngest ever Paris-Nice winner. He won the Race to the sun at 21 in 1935.
4 km to go
and Ion Izagirre leads Quintana, Yates, Van Garderen, Sanchez, Pozzovivo, Grossschartner, Naesen, Martinez and Kelderman by 20 seconds. The Bernal peloton is 40 seconds adrift.
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