Well That Was a Surprise...

So, yeah, last week I wrote a preview of Paris-Nice. Yes, it was grouchy. I did not mean it to seem, however, like I was expecting a poor race — I was expecting a completely adequate one, if not the most memorable edition out of the competitive recent years. Stage 8 today, however, was special. Alberto Contador was not there to ignite the race, but he was well-replaced by a different Spaniard, Catalan Marc Soler, who succeeded where Contador hadrecently failed, in actually winning the thing on the final day. This stage has never disappointed, and Soler kept that record going, making an audacious attack fifty kilometres out alongside stage winner David De La Cruz to catch Omar Fraile. The three worked well when they had to, showing Jerome Cousin the proper way to get to the finish line. Soler was not the strongest rider in the race, he wasn’t ...

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