Impey still top of WorldTour rankings after Paris-Nice

Daryl Impey leading Mitchelton-Scott over a small crest

South African Daryl Impey remains top of the individual WorldTour rankings following the conclusion of Paris-Nice . Impey is currently racing in Italy at Tirreno-Adriatico until Tuesday when the rankings will again be updated. Paris-Nice winner Marc Soler has rocketed into second place on the standings from his previous ranking of 127. He knocks Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde into third place but his tally of 545 points is well below Impey's 800. With third place at Paris-Nice, Gorka Izagirre jumps into third on the rankings with 500 points while Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) enters the rankings for 2018 int fourth place. The Briton accumulated 470 points while racing in France and helped Mitchelton-Scott take back the lead from Quick-Step Floors in the team rankings. Ion Izagirre was another rider to move up the rankings following Paris-Nice, the Spaniard improving 31 places to tenth. Belgians Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), 18th, and Dylan ...

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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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Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top … The post Daily News Digest: Soler wins Paris-Nice, Schurter’s World Cup streak ends appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Adam Yates wins Tirreno stage, brother Simon pipped to Paris-Nice overall (+ video)

Adam Yates wins Stage 5 of 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico (picture credit LaPresse - D'Alberto, Ferrari).jpg

Contrasting fortunes for Mitchelton-Scott's British siblings at this week's big stage races

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Soler takes Paris-Nice as Yates runs empty

David de la Cruz beat Omar Fraile for the final stage win at Paris-Nice

Long touted as the natural successor to Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador, Marc Soler ( Movistar ), winner of the 2015 Tour de L'Avenir, snatched a dramatic overall win in Paris-Nice , wrecking Simon Yates ' best-laid plans with an attack a la Contador on the rain soaked roads of the Cote d'Azur. Soler is the first rider since Contador in 2007 to win both the yellow and the best young rider jerseys in the 'Race to the Sun.' Soler's overall win, by a mere four seconds, after he finished third behind back-to-back Nice stage winner, David De La Cruz (Team Sky) and fellow Spaniard Omar Fraile (Astana), further boosts Movistar's all-star stage racing firepower, with the 24-year-old demonstrating he has now every right to be taken as seriously as Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Soler is always quick to play down the comparisons with Indurain and Contador, ...

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Tirreno-Adriatico: Adam Yates wins stage 5

Adam Yates wins stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico

Adam Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took his first win of the season in Filottrano on stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico . Seven seconds later, Team Sky's Michał Kwiatkowski finished third behind Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), with the Pole taking over the race lead. Kwiatkowski's advantage over second-place on GC Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) is three seconds, while Mikel Landa (Movistar) lies in third, 23 seconds down. With tomorrow's stage one for the sprinters, expect Tuesday's time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto to be decisive for the GC battle. As for today's stage, Yates had struck out alone on the Muro di Filottrano 5km from the finish. He looked the strongest by some distance on the climb and despite the efforts of Bora-Hansgrohe, as well as brief attacks from Landa and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), he wasn't in danger of being caught. Yates' solo victory is the second in two days for the ...

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Paris-Nice poised for dramatic final stage showdown

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

‘I can’t wait for tomorrow,” were the words uttered by Bahrain-Merida ’s Ion Izagirre after a dramatic queen stage of Paris-Nice . He - like everybody else - is expecting an explosive and exciting battle for the title on Paris-Nice’s punchy final stage. The fight for the overall classification at Paris-Nice has been the epitome of 'every second counts' in recent years, with the last two editions settled by less than a handful of seconds. This year’s race looks set to bow out in equally as dramatic style with a 110-kilometre final day that includes no fewer than six categorised ascents – all at least ranked category two or above. Despite being called the race to the sun, the wet conditions that have plagued much of the week are expected to impact the stage, adding yet another variable to the day. To add to the drama, the first eight riders ...

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Yates takes Paris-Nice lead with stage win

Yates takes Paris-Nice lead with stage win

Simon Yates moved top of the overall Paris-Nice standings by claiming the penultimate stage, a 175km ride from Nice to Valdeblore La Colmiane.

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Paris-Nice stage 7 highlights - Video

Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) in white

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) took control of Paris-Nice with just one stage remaining after claiming victory Saturday at La Colmiane. Yates soloed away from late breakaway companion Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) to put himself 11 seconds clear of the Spaniard in the overall classification. It was a grey and murky day that saw many members of the peloton climb off as the race made its way 175km from the start in Nice. An eight-rider breakaway animated the early going when Rory Sutherland (UAE), Tony Gallopin (AG2R), Alessandro de Marchi (BMC), Nicolas Roche (BMC), Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Amael Moinard (Fortuneo) and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) all slipped away from the bunch. Gallopin, Roche and Moinard were the last survivors, but they, too, were brought back into the fold with 13km to go, setting up the barrage of attacks on the final category 1 climb, where Yates made his ...

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Paris-Nice, stage 7: Yates takes summit finish and overall lead

Paris-Nice, stage 7: Yates takes summit finish and overall lead

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the penultimate stage of Paris-Nice on Sunday and took the lead in the general classification. Read the full article at Paris-Nice, stage 7: Yates takes summit finish and overall lead on .

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Simon Yates wins Paris-Nice stage 7

Simon Yates wins stage 7 at Paris-Nice

Simon Yates ( Mitchelton-Scott ) moved into the leader’s yellow jersey at Paris-Nice , after a cold and torrid stage of climbing and descending in the Alpes Maritimes saw him solo to a lone stage win at La Colmiane. “It was a very difficult stage,” Yates said. “There was never a straight bit of road, and it was twisting and turning on really difficult terrain. Normally, I don’t like to sit at the front, I prefer to sit back and relax, but today was one of those days that you really needed to be there." Yates, riding his fifth Paris-Nice, made the decisive move a little more than four kilometres from the finish line on the 16-kilometre first category ascent to the remote ski station, after overnight race leader, Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) finally wilted with six kilometres left to race. With the Spaniard out of the running, all of ...

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Poels crashes out of Paris-Nice

Wout Poels on the Paris-Nice podium after winning the stage 4 time trial

Wout Poels ( Team Sky ) crashed out of Paris-Nice on Friday afternoon after missing a tight left hand bend on the 70kph descent of the Côte de la Colle sur Loup, seven kilometres from the finish of stage 6 in Vence. It was later confirmed the Dutch rider suffered a broken left collarbone, trauma to his chest and cuts on his left knee. As Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) forced the pace on the steep descent from the top of the first category climb, Poels was in the string of overall contenders chasing him down, but failed to make it through a left-hand bend at the foot of the descent. "I just couldn’t hold on in that corner anymore. I’d gone full into it. It's so disappointing because I had been feeling really, really good. But that's life sometimes," Poels said. Overall race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), riding close behind ...

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Paris-Nice: Molard surprises on stage 6 in Vence

Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ)

Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) surprised with a hard-fought solo victory during stage 6 of Paris-Nice on the climb in Vence. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) finished second in the chase ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), raced in for fourth place, and kept his lead in the overall classification after a challenging finale that saw second placed Wout Poels (Team Sky) crash and break his collarbone . Alaphilippe moved into second place overall, now 22 seconds behind Sanchez while Marc Soler (Movistar) is third at 26 seconds. It was only the second win of Molard's career, but a prestigious one ahead of some big names. "It's fantastic, Groupama-FDJ's second victory Paris-Nice, and my first WorldTour victory," Molard said, adding he had some extra motivation and knowledge. "I live in Antibes nearby, I knew the final climb - I've done it a dozen times - and when the route ...

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Paris-Nice: Chaves rides into top-ten overall

Johan Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton - Scott)

Colombian Esteban Chaves delivered his first top-ten time trial result since 2016 on stage 4 of Paris-Nice to move into the top-ten overall. Chaves' tenth place, 33 seconds to stage winner Wout Poels (Team Sky), was the same time as teammate Simon Yates with the duo now tied overall at tenth and 11th overall. Paris-Nice is Chaves' first race on European soil in 2018 and first outing since winning the Herald Sun Tour overall last month. A strong climber, Chaves had previously only placed top-ten once before against the clock when he was sixth at the 2016 Giro d'Italia. "It was the first time I have caught someone in a time trial so it was a good feeling. This was really good today, I am happy and I felt really good. I think this is the second time trial I have done well in, in my life, the other was ...

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