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Sensational finale of Paris-Nice: De La Cruz takes uitgeregende final stage, Yates loses race to Soler

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David De La Cruz (Sky) the last stage in Paris-Nice to his name. In a hilly ride of about 110 km, he was the strongest in the pouring rain. The race went to an exciting secondenspel in the slotkilometers to Marco Soler (Movistar). He drove Simon Yates (Mitchelton Scott) to even out the yellow in a thrilling final. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) finishes fifth in the state, Dylan Teuns (BMC) sixth .

The price broke soon open. After a little more than 20 kilometers, separates a group of 24 riders from the peloton. All the favorites, including Simon Yates, Tim Wellens and Dylan Teuns. Something vererop decided three riders were also there to accelerate. Julian Alpahilippe (Quick Step), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Omar Fraile (Astana) grabbed quickly for a minute on the rest and worked well together. Fuglsang had to quickly roll resolve after a fall in the descent of the Cote de Chateauneuf.

Fraile and Alaphilippe found each other, but the Spaniard from the Astana team did not go fast enough and fell. Alaphilippe could not and was not much later swallowed up by the chasing group. Soler (Movistar), De La Cruz (Sky) and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) went in the counter attack. The latter could his two companions, however, do not follow, but Soler and De La Cruz made the jump to at Fraile.

The three Spaniards had a nice lead of more than a minute. The signal for Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to his team mates to make it work. For Soler, the best placed of the three leaders, but had 37” behind in the general classification and was the virtual leader.

Fraile tried it yet as only in front, but was quickly back bijgebeend by his companions. In the background, it was Trentin who do the dirty work recovered, he brought Yates and co up to 50”. 13km accelerated Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) from the chasing group, Yates went there now ourselves. The Brit got the gap, however, is not close and Wellens counterde. The man of the Lotto-Soudal went there together with the Spaniard called off, the yellow jersey had to fit.

In the meantime had had to Soler, his two companions let go, but he was stronger back. The three ran to the victory, De La Cruz won for Fraile. In an exciting secondenspel picked up Soler, however, out of the race. Yates still managed to do it to connect with Wellens and Teuns, but he came up short. The bonificatieseconden made the difference, Soler has in the final four seconds for Yates.

– Rash –

1. David De La Cruz (Sky) in 2u23’06”

2. Omar Fraile (Astana) z.t.

3. Marco Soler (Movistar +3”

4. Patrick Konrad (BORA-hansgrohe) +38”

5. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) z.t

– End position –

1. Marco Soler (Movistar)

2. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

3. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

4. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida)

5. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal)

6. Dylan Teuns (BMC)

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