Marc Solar pips Simon Yates to Paris-Nice overall victory

Marc Solar pips Simon Yates to Paris-Nice overall victory

He was 35 seconds adrift of Soler.

Young Spaniard Marc Soler on Sunday snatched victory at Paris-Nice from Briton Simon Yates with a daring breakaway on a soaked final stage. And now I lost Paris-Nice by four seconds.

De La Cruz won the stage ahead of Fraile, with Soler crossing the finish line three seconds back on the Promenade des Anglais.

"It's really a dream come true to win Paris-Nice and add my name to the winners' list next to some of the greats of cycling", Soler said. I had a stage win yesterday.

"It was just one of those days", Yates said.

"In the final climb, Astana controlled the pace but (team mate) Roman (Kreuziger) and I made a decision to accelerate and we went for it", said Yates.

The attacking racing of riders such as Dylan Teuns and Tim Wellens really enlivened the race, the former proving particularly impressive after a strong end to last season, perhaps earning himself a shot at the general classification in the Vuelta a España in the process.

Yates had few teammates left to help him and the disorganized peloton broke up under the pressure of attacks by Spanish brothers Ion and Gorka Izagirre of Bahrain-Merida, who had started the day in second and third at 11 seconds and 12 seconds behind Yates, but they crashed with just 5km remaining allowing Yates' group to catch them.

Overnight leader Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain (Astana) cracked with six kilometres left and slid down the rankings.

After three years at Quick-Step where his talent was always evident but he never quite managed to break through, De la Cruz really seems to be relishing life at Sky, working for Henao and Poels for most of the race, before seizing an opportunity for individual success on the final stage around Nice. The team did a really good job.

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