Henao Shades Contador By Only Two Seconds At Paris-Nice

Nice, France, March 12, 2017 (AFP) - Colombia's Sergio Henao lifted his troubled Sky team's spirits with a dramatic two-second success over Alberto Contador in the Paris-Nice on Sunday. Henao set up the win when grabbing a half-minute lead in the 'Race to the Sun' with fourth in Saturday's penultimate stage. But the 29-year-old only scraped home in the face of a determined challenge … [Read more...]

Geraint Thomas Edges Out Contador At Paris-Nice 2016

Nice, France, March 13, 2016 (AFP) - Briton Geraint Thomas claimed his maiden Paris-Nice on Sunday after a nerve-tingling seventh and final stage won by Belgium's Tim Wellens. Thomas, who only took the race leader's yellow jersey off Australian Michael Matthews on Saturday's stage, finished a mere four seconds ahead of two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain. It was … [Read more...]

Matthews Holds Lead, As Lutsenko Closes The Gap At Paris-Nice

Salon-de-Provence, France, March 11, 2016 (AFP) - Kazakh rider Alexey Lutsenko came home alone to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race on Friday and close the gap on overall race leader Michael Matthews of Australia. Astana's Lutsenko broke away from the peloton 28km from the line to cross 21 seconds ahead of the pursuing pack led by Norway's Alexander Kristoff and Matthews. … [Read more...]

Matthew Keeps Lead, As Bouhanni Wins Paris-Nice Stage 4

Romans-sur-Isère, France, March 10, 2016 (AFP) - France's Nacer Bouhanni sprinted to victory in the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice on Thursday, as Australia's Michael Matthews held the overall race lead. Bouhanni, who was demoted from first to third on Tuesday, made no mistake to cross ahead of Belgian Edward Theuns, Germany's Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. It was the … [Read more...]

Philippe Gilbert Pulls Out Of Paris-Nice With Illness

Cusset, France, March 9, 2016 (AFP) - Belgium's former world champion Philippe Gilbert pulled out of the Paris-Nice race on Wednesday suffering from a respiratory infection, his BMC team said. "I really love this race so it is disappointing to have to stop racing," said the 33-year-old cyclist, who captured the world road race title in 2012. "But I have one of my biggest goals for … [Read more...]

Matthews Wins Paris-Nice Stage2, As Bouhanni Is Disqualified

Commentry, France, March 8, 2016 (AFP) - Race leader Michael Matthews took his second stage victory at this year's Paris-Nice after Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni was disqualified from Tuesday's sprint finish. Australian Matthews was blocked in by Bouhanni, who swerved wildly towards the Orica GreenEdge rider just 20 yards from the line. The 25-year-old Matthews, the race leader who also won … [Read more...]

Matthews Keeps His Grip On Paris-Nice Lead, Demare Gets Stage

Vendôme, France, March 7, 2016 (AFP) - France's Arnaud Demare won a sprint finish as snow fell on the first stage of the Paris-Nice race on Monday with Australia's Michael Matthews holding the overall race lead. FDJ rider Demare, junior world champion in 2011 and French champion in 2014, crossed ahead of Britain's Ben Swift and France's Nacer Bouhanni after the 198km stage of 'The Race to … [Read more...]

Aussie Michael Matthews Wins Paris-Nice Prologue

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, March 6, 2016 (AFP) - Australian Michael Matthews took the overall leader's yellow jersey at the Paris-Nice stage race after winning the opening prologue on Sunday. Orica GreenEdge rider Matthews, 25, blitzed the 6.1km course at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, to the west of Paris, in 7min 39sec to beat Dutch timetrial specialist Tom Dumoulin by a single … [Read more...]

Australian Richie Porte Goes Back To Back At Paris-Nice

Nice, France, March 15, 2015 (AFP) - Australia's Richie Porte clawed back an overnight 36-second deficit to claim his second Paris-Nice title on Sunday. France's Tony Gallopin had seized command of the leader's yellow jersey with a solo success on Saturday and was bidding to become the first home winner in 18 years. But Team Sky rider Porte showed all his strength to win Sunday's … [Read more...]

Cimolai Takes Stage 5, Kwiatkowski Retains Lead At Paris-Nice

Rasteau, France, March 13, 2015 (AFP) - Davide Cimolai of Italy won the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice, the so-called "Race to the Sun", on Friday, leaving Frenchman Bryan Coquard in his wake in a sprint finish. World champion Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland retained the leader's yellow jersey, two days from the finish on the French Riviera. Belgium's Thomas De Gendt led a heroic … [Read more...]