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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.

  • Anto, NZ

    Who were Astana trying to fool with that video? It looked freezing up there! It didn’t take them too long to get back into the car either!

  • “You’re just going to have too get good”

  • Neill Gowans

    Geraint Thomas “lactating between the shoulders.” Phnar, phnar.

  • Kieran Degan

    Nice racing in the last couple of Paris-Nice stages. Porte showed some good form but one thing I noticed is that he seems to struggle to hold the wheel. He often seems to be pushing hard to get close and then dropping off. It doesn’t seem like he’s struggling with the pace, but reluctance to ride too close, then followed but a push because he’s getting too far off. I noticed it on flats and climbs. Surely this can’t be a good use of energy. Anyone else notice this pattern.

    • velocite

      Nice racing? That last stage was one of the most exciting races I’ve ever seen. So many players with their own objectives, all going for it. Matt Keenan’s commentary always a pleasure to listen to. I agree with him, Contador didn’t look too happy on the podium, and did seem to snub Porte. And in tiny bit of interview with Thomas we saw I thought he could have been given more acknowledgement to Henao.

      As for Ritchie’s pattern, it would be interesting to see a micro power/energy analysis. A series of violent accelerations must use more energy than a steady effort, so maybe Porte is managing his effort to maximize his efficiency. Froome doesn’t tend to stick to Contador’s wheel when he takes off, but he also tends to ride over him later on.

      • Kieran Degan

        Very exciting. Another good reminder that not all exciting stages finish on a summit.

  • PDidds
    • Rob

      Best caption wins!
      *In German accent as he flies over the edge* “I HAAS NO REGREEEETS!”

      • PDidds

        Fleet of Foot.

  • goog

    Anyone else notice gaviria won that stage against ewan sprinting on the hoods? Power vs Aero..

  • kristin

    I don’t remember watching a fight like this for the GC during the final kilometers on a final stage in a stage race, ever! The excitement Contador brings to spectators is going to be hard to replace once he retires.


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