Soler Scoops Paris-Nice In The Finalé

PeloPics: Spanish hopeful Marc Soler outshone Briton Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in a nail-biting final stage on the hills surrounding Nice to win the Race to the Sun by the blink of an eye. The 24-year-old Movistar rider, 37 seconds behind Yates at the start in the morning rain, crossed the line with a four-second lead over the Briton, 110 km and a few hours later, after another extremely tight finale in Paris-Nice. Soler, the first rider since Alberto Contador in 2007 to win both the yellow and the best young ride white jersey, finished third in stage 8 behind compatriots David De La Cruz (Sky) and Omar Fraile (Astana), with whom he attacked on the Cote de Peille, one of six climbs on the final day’s menu. De La Cruz snatched the final stage for the second year in succession ahead of Fraile, with Soler three seconds behind. And it was only thanks to his third place time bonus that Soler was finally declared the 2018 Paris-Nice champion for the first World Tour victory of his career.

Paris-Nice Final Stage 8 Result:
1. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky in 2:53:06
2. Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana
3. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar at 0:03
4. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:38
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
7. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC
8. Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar
9. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
10. Ion Izzagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida.

Paris-Nice Final Overall Result:
1. Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar in 30:22:41
2. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:14
4. Ion Izzagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida at 0:16
5. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC at 0:32
7. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:44
8. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale at 1:54
9. David De La Cruz (Spa) Sky at 2:15
10. Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 2:35.

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