Solar pips Yates to Paris-Nice overall victory

Joanna Estrada
March 13, 2018

Marc Soler of Spain won the weeklong Paris-Nice race after dislodging overnight leader Simon Yates of Britain with a successful attack in the final stage on Sunday. And now I lost Paris-Nice by four seconds.

Movistar's Marc Soler pipped Simon Yates to the overall Paris-Nice title by just four seconds after Sunday's final stage, which was won by David de la Cruz.

Soler, De La Cruz and Fraile engineered an escape with more than 40km left on the first category Cote de Peille while Yates was left isolated as the trio rode out to a 1 minute and 30 seconds lead they nurtured to the finish. "I dream about the Tour de France, but I still have to learn". I had a stage win yesterday.

"I was just empty in the finale there", said Yates, who had taken the leader's jersey after winning the previous stage. He was 14 seconds off the pace despite crashing in the final descent, while his Bahrain-Merida team mate and brother Jon ended up fourth.

This triumph continues a strong start to the 2018 season for Soler, who finished third behind Tim Wellens and Wout Poels at last month's Ruta del Sol.

"I'm getting closer. past year I lost Romandie on the last day as well by 20 seconds and now I lost Paris-Nice by four seconds".

Arnaud Démare's win on the opening day may not have been much of a surprise, but the three other victories came courtesy of exciting and tactically smart racing that was a thrill to watch.

However bets of a French Tour de France victor in 2018 might be a bit premature with all of the victories coming from established riders in either sprints or breakaways and only one French rider, Alexis Vuillermoz, finishing in the top 10 overall. We thought there would be a big breakaway like in last year's final stage, but it didn't happen.

"It was a really aggressive race as we expected". The team did a really good job.

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