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by Mark Zalewski
March 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Henao wins overall at Paris-Nice, De La Cruz takes final stage; Dideriksen wins Ronde van Drenthe; Sagan takes second Tirreno-Adriatico stage win; Hosking wins Drentse 8 van Westerveld; Van Schip outclasses WorldTour riders to win Ronde Van Drenthe; Australia dominates Oceania Continental Championship road races; “One small mistake cost us the race”: inside the Ronde van Drenthe with Janneke Ensing; Jess Varnish calls for British Cycling board to resign; Illness forces Adam Yates out of Tirreno-Adriatico while in second overall; ASO brings sponsorship support to Volta a Catalunya; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 8 highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ronde Van Drenthe highlights.
Sergio Henao (Team Sky) won the overall at Paris-Nice in a thrilling finale that saw Alberto Contado (Trek-Segafredo) launch a daring last ditch effort to try to unseat the yellow jersey. David De La Cruz (Quick Step Floors) took the stage win with Contador in second. However, Henao and his team successfully defended the overall, but by only two seconds.
Contador attacked early on the short 115.5km stage, on the Côte de Peille. Henao, who had a 31 second lead on the Spaniard, could not keep his wheel as he bridged across to the remnants of the break, which included De La Cruz and Marc Soler (Movistar). On the final climb, the Col d’Eze, Contador’s group had a gap of around a minute on Henao and the other contenders.
Henao and his team slowly worked away at that gap and by the summit of the Col d’Eze had reduced it to 40 seconds, but with Contador still the leader on the road.
Dropping back into Nice De La Cruz outsprinted Contador for the win, taking the maximum time bonus of 10 seconds. Soler finished in third 5 seconds behind. Contador still earned an 8 second bonus with his second place, meaning Henao had to finish in less than 23 seconds.
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) led the GC group into the finish, 20 seconds behind the winner, giving Henao the overall by only two seconds on Contador. Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) finished with Henao to take third overall.