Carlos Betancur Gives Colombia First Win At Paris-Nice

NICE, France, March 16, 2014 (AFP) - Carlos Betancur became the first Colombian cyclist to win the Paris-Nice race on Sunday following the eighth and final stage. French champion Arthur Vichot won the stage, raced along the celebrated Promenade des Anglais, which saw several riders, including Portugal's road race world champion Rui Costa, lose their chance of victory in the stage in … [Read more...]

Sky’s Geraint Thomas Out Of Paris-Nice After Crash

NICE, France, March 16, 2014 (AFP) - Team Sky's Geraint Thomas on Sunday pulled out of the 8th and final stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race following a fall, his team said. Thomas fell 5km from the finish of the 7th stage on Saturday, having been in second place. The Welshman's general classification hopes were literally left in tatters as he rallied to cross the line with his … [Read more...]

Tom-Jelte Slagter Wins Paris-Nice Stage Seven

BIOT, France, March 15, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Tom-Jelte Slagter of the Garmin team won the seventh stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Saturday as Colombian Carlos Betancur closed in on the title. Slagter won an uphill sprint finish ahead of world champion Rui Costa of Portugal followed by yellow jersey holder Betancur, with the 'Race to the Sun' due to conclude in Nice on … [Read more...]

Carlos Betancur Leaves No Doubt On Paris-Nice Stage 6

FAYENCE, France, March 14, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian rider Carlos Betancur of the AG2R La Mondiale team won the sixth stage of the Paris-Nice on Friday to take the leader's jersey two days before the race finish. It was the second straight stage win for Betancur who overtook Portuguese world champion Rui Costa in the last 100 metres on a steep summit finish. Czech rider Zdenek Stybar … [Read more...]

Carlos Betancur Takes Paris-Nice Stage 5, Thomas Keeps Yellow

RIVE-DE-GIER, France, March 13, 2014 (AFP) - Carlos Betancur claimed the 152.5km fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Thursday but Geraint Thomas did enough to hang on to the leader's yellow jersey. Colombian Betancur, of the AG2R team, was part of a three-man breakaway that opened a gap on the peloton 9km from home. And he proved strongest in the sprint to the line with Bob … [Read more...]

Paris-Nice Stage 2 Finishes In A Sprint Finish

BELLEVILLE, France, March 12, 2014 - Dutchman Tom-Jelte Slagter won a sprint finish to win the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice on Wednesday but breakaway companion Geraint Thomas is the new overall leader. Garmin's Slagter edged out Britain's Thomas in a sprint finish at the end of the 201.5km stage from Nevers to Belleville, with Dutchman Wilco Kelderman coming home third five seconds … [Read more...]

Gianni Meersman Suffers Fractured Ribs At Paris-Nice

11-Mar-2014: As a consequence of a crash with about 10km remaining in Paris-Nice Stage 2 on Monday, Gianni Meersman left the race this morning, returned to Belgium, and immediately underwent examinations at H.-Hartziekenhuis Roeselare-Menen as decided by team medical staff. Medical checks underlined fractures of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th ribs of the right hemithorax. A CT Scan also underlined … [Read more...]

John Degenkolb Wins Stage 3 And Lead In Paris-Nice

MAGNY-COURS, France, March 11, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's John Degenkolb of the Giant team won a sprint finish to the third stage of Paris-Nice at Magny-Cours on Tuesday and took the overall race lead at the same time. Degenkolb powered home on the 180km stage from Tourcy ahead of Australian Matthew Goss and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain. Time bonuses allowed Degenkolb to snare the … [Read more...]

Moreno Hofland Wins Paris-Nice Stage 2, Bouhanni Lead

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SAINT-GEORGES-SUR-BAULCHE, France, March 10, 2014 (AFP) - Dutch rider Moreno Hofland won a sprint finish for the 205km second stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race to Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche in Burgundy on Monday. The 22-year-old crossed ahead of Germany's John Degenkolb, already second on Sunday, and France's Nacer Bouhanni, winner of the first stage. Bouhanni leads the overall … [Read more...]

Tejay Van Garderen Withdraws From Paris-Nice With Stomach Issues

Intestinal problems forced Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing Team to withdraw from Paris-Nice about 80 kilometers into Sunday's opening stage. 'Was Really Just Empty' Van Garderen said he may have picked up a stomach bug on his flight from Nice to Paris on Friday. "At night, I had all these stomach cramps, and bad diarrhea all day yesterday and then a little bit of a fever and no appetite," … [Read more...]