If you haven’t watched the final stage of Paris-Nice yet please find some time to do so. It was, without doubt, the most exciting stage and finish we’ve been treated to for a long while… and we have been treated to some fabulous racing already this season.
Paris-Nice, Stage 7, Nice to Nice, 141km.
It was a nail biting duel between Geraint Thomas (Sky) and Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador on the Col d’Eze. Baby Blackbird got away with Richie Porte (BMC) and Lotto- Soudal’s Tim Wellens and they gained as much as 34secs on the road. But G was not going to give up the yellow jersey without a fight, gritted his teeth and went to TT mode. Wellens out sprinted Contador and Porte for the victory and we all watched the clock as Thomas came through… he had retained the lead by 4secs! Contador placed second with Porte rounding out the GC podium. The points jersey went to Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE). Movistar were best team, and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) was out in the break again and gets to take home the Mountains prize. Full story from Sheree here.
Holding back the tears…
Quick recap of the day below, or here for the last 20km.
Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 5, Foligno to Monte San Vicino, 178km
Stage cancelled in compliance with the Extreme Weather Conditions Protocol due to snowy conditions at the finish and a high chance of worsening conditions.
A day off is the perfect opportunity for a bit of fun…
and some personal grooming (maybe)
Featured Image: All the jerseys at the final Paris-Nice podium © ASO/G.Demouveaux (via race website)