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Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 11, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win; Sagan wins uphill field sprint at Tirreno-Adriatico; Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico; Report into British Cycling to confirm a ‘culture of fear’; Brailsford has no intention of quitting Team Sky; Longo Borghini alters schedule to race Ronde van Drenthe; Bouhanni to race Nokere Koerse; New stage race set for South Africa in early 2018; USA Cycling moves cyclocross nationals back to December date for 2018; WADA could add caffeine to prohibited list; 2017 Paris-Nice: Stage 6 highlights; One-Legged BMXer Julián Molina shreds harder than you.

Simon Yates solos to Paris-Nice stage win

by Mark Zalewski

Simon Yates (ORICA-Scott) won the sixth stage of Paris-Nice, with a solo attack on the tough finishing circuit in Fayence. Sergio Henao (Team Sky) came in solo for second and Richie Porte (BMC) took third. Race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors) was in trouble in the finale but thanks to teammate Dan Martin escorting him to the line retains his lead, finishing fourth on the day.

“I wanted to try something today but it depended on how I feel,” said Yates. “When I got to the moment I said I would try and if I got caught I got caught. It’s one of the biggest races and hardest week-long races we do. It’s my first win of the year and I hope this continues into the year.”

Earlier on the stage the breakaway duo of Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Eduardo Sepúlveda (Fortuneo – Vital Concept) still had a lead of 30 seconds with 25km to go on the tough finish circuit. Team Sky set a fast tempo up the climbs and this took its toll on the peloton with the likes of Sylvain Chavenel (Direct Energie) dropped. Sepulveda was the last to be caught with 21km to go. Sky kept the pace high for it’s GC rider Sergio Henao, with riders like his brother Sebastian pulling hard and then dropping off the pace, having done his work.

Simon Yates, wearing the best young rider jersey, attacked with 18km to go and quickly built a lead of more than 30 seconds. By 2km to go he had increased it to 45 seconds, but with a tough uphill final and the GC battle heating up, the attacks started to fly. Richie Porte (BMC) upped the pace and race leader Alaphilippe responded. While the group remained together, the high pace showed as the group rode single file.

Porte attacked again and this time Alaphilippe could not respond. Other riders saw the weakness and passed the jersey in pursuit of Porte, with Sergio Henao giving it everything on the steep climb, and passing Porte but not able to catch Yates. Alaphilippe’s teammate Dan Martin caught up to him and took up the mantle, leading the jersey to the line to help save the day.

Stage 6: Aubagne > Fayence - Stage Result

Friday 10th March 2017

1. gb
YATES Simon
ORICA-Scott
04:37:51
2. co
HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis
Team Sky
0:17
3. au
PORTE Richie
BMC Racing Team
0:26
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