Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

March 14, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Geraint Thomas takes overall victory at Paris-Nice; Chantal Blaak wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Zdenek Stybar leads a snow-affected Tirreno-Adriatico; Leah Kirchmann wins the Drentse Acht van Westerveld; Tinkoff cries foul over motorbikes in Paris-Nice finale; Vincenzo Nibali to skip Giro d’Italia after Tirreno-Adriatico stage cancellation?; Tibco-SVB team bikes stolen from Ronde van Drenthe race hotel; Barbed-wire booby trap found on bike track in Kent, UK; Searching For marginal gains – aero testing with Geraint Thomas; How to do a track stand.

Geraint Thomas takes overall victory at Paris-Nice

by Matt de Neef

Geraint Thomas (Sky) has won the 2016 edition of Paris-Nice after defending his overall lead on a dramatic final stage on Sunday.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) broke clear of the peloton on the Cote de Peille, some 50km from the finish, and had a minute over the Thomas group at one point. But Sky chased the Spaniard down. Then, on the day’s final climb — the Col d’Eze — Contador again got clear, this time with Richie Porte (BMC), Thomas again unable to match the pace. Contador and Porte linked up with Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) who had been part of the earlier breakaway, and the trio built a lead of some 35 seconds.

But on the descent into the finish line in Nice, Thomas worked with his teammate Sergio Henao and Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) to again erase the leaders’ advantage. In the end the Thomas group crossed the line just five seconds down on Wellens, Contador and Porte. Wellens took the stage win while Thomas was able to defend his overall lead, beating Contador by just four seconds.

stage 7 of the 74th Paris - Nice 2016

Earlier in the weekend Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) won stage 5 after bridging from the peloton to the lone leader with about 20km to go, before soloing to victory ahead of a bunch sprint.

And on stage 6, the race’s penultimate stage, Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) took an impressive victory, beating Geraint Thomas, Alberto Contador and Richie Porte on the summit finish to La Madone d’Utelle. It was second place on that stage that saw Thomas move into the overall lead.

Final Classification: > - Stage Result

Sunday 13th March 2016

1. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
2. es
3. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot during the final stage of Paris-Nice.