Volta Catalunya: Mid Race Sum Up... and getting ready for Nepal

Photo published for Renners in Ronde van Catalonië ontwaken onder laagje sneeuw
I'm feeling better. Antibiotics work and motivation works even better: I'll leave to Nepal in few days! 
Things to do are many but I can't go out until tomorrow, so I concentrated on my philosophy, re-schedulated my lessons according, because due to this illness I have lost a lot of time.
It's interesting in a certain way, a kind of a challenge forcing me to give an overall account of a philosphical school or age instead of several authors in dettails, stressing trends, differences and similarities. It's an approach I like, but demanding for highschool students...
Fever and headache didn't allow me to watch the first stage of Volta a Catalunya. Of course I heard about the Movistar's pushing in the TTT... Today I'm watching. Stage 4 has been  reduced by 58km due to snow and cold weather. There was a larger early break but it has been quickly caught. A new front group formed, including Gonçalves, Keizer, Bono, Rubio and Osorio.  After 39 km they have a 1' 50'' gap.
Alt del Pubill (3rd cat): Osorio is first at the KOM, the gap is 2:40. Team Sky and Trek are very active in the peloton.
50 km to go a crash in the peloton brings down several riders. Ilur Zakarin looks bad, he sits on the edge of the road, breathing looks painful and he points to his chest. Eventually he gets back on bike and so far he's racing.
The pace is high in the chase and Osorio decides it's time to go solo.
Turo del Puig is a serious climb (6 km average 5%) and it comes relatively close to the finish as we are in the last 15 km. Indeed Astana attack with Cataldo and Fuglsang out the front. Cataldo is caught, Fuglsang still has few meters. Bardet attacks too from behind and Dan Martin follows. Contador closes the gap. 
Descent. The peloton exploded but nobody managed to go away. Marc Soler - in white jersey - and Alejandro Valverde are leading. They are taking risks. Gaudu and Froome joined and these four has got a gap. Still 7 km to go and they are in a flat.
5 km to go they are  all together again. It's going to be a sprint. And Nacer Bouhanni wins it by a powerful progression. Chapeau!

Nacer Bouhanni:
"I'm super happy with what the Cofidis team has done for me today and by helping me to win this race. It was my fault on stage 1, I went too far out. I wasn't happy to lose by two centimetres and so I really wanted to win today. I did what I needed to do."

Tejay van Garderen:
"I think today went really well for us. We were about to start in a snow storm, but they made a good call to move us down the valley. It shortened the stage obviously, but it also kept everyone safe and dry. It was a relatively easier day today before a hectic final climb and descent to the finish, but I think we managed it well.
I feel really good going into tomorrow's stage. I'm confident in the team and myself. It will be a hard climb, and certainly, anything can happen. Wearing the leader's jersey always adds motivation. It gives you an extra gear or 20 extra watts so, hopefully, I can get to the base of the climb in a good position and then from there I just need to give it my best. That's all I can ask for."

1 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ 4:28:21
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
4 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
5 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
6 Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
8 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
9 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
1 BMC Racing Team 48:57:00
2 Team Sky 0:00:44
3 Movistar Team 0:00:58
4 Trek-Segafredo 0:01:15
5 Orica-Scott 0:01:24
6 FDJ 0:01:44
7 Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 0:01:48
8 Astana Pro Team 0:02:05
9 Lotto Soudal 0:02:10
10 Quick-Step Floors 0:02:13
11 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:15
12 Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:27
13 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:02:37
14 Team Katusha Alpecin 0:02:48
15 UAE Team Emirates 0:02:58
16 Team Sunweb 0:03:04
17 Bahrain-Merida 0:03:26
18 Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team 0:03:30
19 Team Dimension Data 0:03:31
20 Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 0:03:45
21 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:04:04
22 Manzana Postobon Team 0:04:24
23 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:27
24 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:36
25 Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team 0:05:19
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 5:07:12
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:03
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
8 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
9 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:08
10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
GC after stage 3
1 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 10:24:33
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:44
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:45
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:49
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:10
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:13
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:01:18
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
1 Nacer BOUHANNI FRA COF 27 3:04:27
2 Davide CIMOLAI ITA FDJ 28 +0
3 Daryl IMPEY RSA ORS 33 +0
4 Alexander EDMONSON AUS ORS 24 +0
5 Dion SMITH NZL WGG 24 +0
6 Pieter SERRY BEL QST 29 +0
8 Petr VAKOC CZE QST 25 +0
9 Jose ROJAS ESP MOV 32 +0
10 Bauke MOLLEMA NED TFS 31 +0

1 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:29:00
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:44
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:45
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:49
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:10
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:13
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:01:18
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo

Procycling - E3-Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem: Sep Vanmarcke: "I want to focus on the race, not on the pain"

He's one of my favourite riders and this time of year is the focus of his season. The elusive victory in the Ronde and/or Paris-Roubaix remains his main goal and he worked hard to get there at the top of his shape. But he crashed in Strade Bianche and the consequences seem not completely over. He's going to test himself again in E3-Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem, two beautiful races that represent as well a valuable aim. Let's see whta he said!

Sep Vanmarcke:
"I'm fine. The ribs are not yet totally okay, but since this weekend I felt they’re improving. Doctors say I won't damage it more with racing, so that's good to know. I want to focus on the race, not on the pain.
Both in E3 and Gent-Wevelgem I've had several top five results, so they suit me well. But both are different races. E3 has more hills. Gent Wevelgem has the wind playing a key role. But both races I like. In both there is a very high level because the top of the classics riders are at the start with their best form. In both races it's really important to have good position at the right moments. There are many important sections, so there are many fights for position.
After the opening weekend, we had a good view on everything and everybody, so we could work from there. We are developing how to make it perfect.  I'm sure we will do well as a group here. Everybody has a good condition and really wants to do his work well."

Cannondale-Drapac for E3-Harelbeke
Alberto Bettiol (ITL)
Kristijan Koren (SVN)
Sebastian Langeveld (NLD)
Ryan Mullen (IRL)
Tom Scully (NZL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
Dylan Van Baarle (NED)
Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)

Cannondale-Drapac for Gent-Wevelgem
Kristijan Koren (SVN)
Sebastian Langeveld (NLD)
Ryan Mullen (IRL)
Tom Scully (NZL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)
Dylan Van Baarle (NLD)
Sep Vanmarcke (BEL)
Wouter Wippert (NLD)


Procycling: Dwars door Vlaanderen... and tonsillitis

I have a 'severe tonsillitis' my doctor said, and since Monday I'm taking antibiotics, but I got ill on Friday night and on Saturday I didn't go to work.
So now I'm sick at home, coughing all the time, often with fever, and I can't go out. Cycling races are very welcome!
This one is a nice Belgian race, with a bit of cobbles. I like this kind of races. And Yves Lampaert is a good guy. He went in a break with Gilbert, Lutsenko and Durbridge, then solo in the last kms. A very nice victory, and he looked very satisfied.
In the women's race Lotta Lepisto won. I didn't watch it but I'm glad that it was POSSIBLE to watch it.

Yves Lampaert:
"For me it’s a dream that came true. It’s not that far from my home and I did a lot of recons to do this race. To win, for me it’s a fantastic gift that I can give to the team and thanks to everybody."
“To win a World Tour classic in the Quick-Step Floors kit gives me an amazing feeling. I can’t tell you how happy I am for myself and for the team. Together with Philippe, who proved again today what a huge champion he is, we did a superb job. We had the strength in numbers and this played in our advantage. When I attacked, I wasn’t sure I will open a gap, despite feeling strong, but I noticed they couldn’t bridge across and that gave me confidence. The final kilometers of the race were like a short and tough time trial, but I gave everything. To win Dwars door Vlaanderen is a dream come true, especially as I did this together with such a fantastic team and in front of so many supporters!” 

Philippe Gilbert:
“We were always on the front today. After the selection I made on Berendries, some guys in the group started to sit in, so we decided to go again, this time on Eikenberg. On Paterberg, we were first and second at the bottom of the climb and went full gas. Behind, Styby and Niki did a great job and helped us stretch out our advantage to one minute. By Nokereberg, we knew this was enough to win, so our plan was to attack there, and after they caught me, it was Yves’ turn to follow up with a move. He made it all the way to the finish and I’m very happy for him and the team, this is a big day for us!”

Lotta Lepistö:
“I just started passing riders and saw a gap to the front and put the big gear on and rode across. The group was smaller after the Paterberg then we rolled and rolled and then there were several attacks. Lisa [Klein] did an amazing job today. She is incredible. We were very tired, it was a hard race. I think everyone was racing all or nothing. In the end, there were 16 riders and Lisa said ‘I will give everything to help you’. She took me to the front in the sprint and I won. It’s super nice. I was hoping for at least one win in the Spring Classics and now the monkey is off my back. Everybody is just trying to help each other all the time. The riders are just there for each other all the time and we don’t hesitate to help each other.”

1 Lotta Lepistö (Fin) Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling Team
2 Gracie Elvin (Aus) Orica Scott Women
3 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Canyon SRAM Racing
4 Lucinda Brand (Ned) Team Sunweb Women
5 Thalita De Jong (Ned) Lares-Waowdeals
6 Lotte Kopecky (Bel) Lotto Soudal Ladies
7 Romy Kasper (Ger) Alé Cipollini
8 Janneke Ensing (Ned) Alé Cipollini
9 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Pol) WM3 Pro Cycling
10 Ann-Sophie Duyck (Bel) Drops Cycling Team
1 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 4:47:17
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:37
3 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
4 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott
5 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:01
6 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
7 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
9 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott
10 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits


Procycling: Milano-San Remo - Close and Splendid!

La Primavera, the Spring Race, Milano-San Remo has starded this morning from Milano, as usually early. And there is an early break including Frapporti, Maestri, Clarke, Skujins, Rovni, Marangoni, Poli, Zurlo, Amezqueta and Denz.
Capi. 63 km to go  for the breakaway has got 2'10''.
45 km to go Alexis Gougeard jumps off the peloton, but he's quickly caught. Umberto Poli and Mattia Frapporti got dropped
Cipressa: in the peloton it's fight for positions
The break is over. Several attacks, and a new front group forms. Tim Wellens goes solo but Mattia Cattaneo jumps on his wheel. The move is neutralised.
Behind Mark Cavendish has been dropped.
Poggio. Sagan's team looks good. Indead Peter Sagan attacks in spite of the very high pace. Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe follow. Colbrelli leads the chase in the peloton.
Last km. Sagan launches the sprint, Kwiatkowski emerges in the midle, shoulder to shoulder, to the victory, close and splendid! BRAVO!

Michal Kwiatkowski:
"After previous editions in 2013 and 2014 when I've been unlucky, winning Milano-Sanremo is an incredible feeling. I'm thankful to my teammates, they did an incredible job today. I didn't expect Sagan to attack on the Poggio. After he did, I expected a bunch sprint but he maintained a high speed at the front. I focused only on my own sprint. I can't believe I've beaten Sagan!"

Julian Alaphilippe:
“Today, my role was to cover the attacks on the Poggio, because Fernando was our road captain and we were hoping to bring him to the finish in the best possible position. So, when Sagan went, I followed. I went full gas on the Poggio and had hoped to recover a bit on the descent, but we rode really hard also there. 
My legs were empty at the finish and I sprinted against two very strong riders, but I don’t have any regret, despite coming close to winning this beautiful race. I am happy with this top 3 and I hope one day I will be victorious in Milano-Sanremo. I am very grateful to them, they all did a wonderful job. Julien stayed at the front of the peloton for more than 200 kilometers, Philippe covered some of my rivals’ moves, Tom pulled hard before the Poggio, all of them were fantastic and deserve a big thank you. Today you could see again why this team is so great!” 


1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 7:08:39
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:05
5 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
6 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
7 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
8 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
10 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-Scott
11 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
12 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
13 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
14 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team
15 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
16 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
17 Ben Swift (GBr) Team UAE Emirates
18 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
20 Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini


Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 7

Nairo Quintana:
"I’m really happy with this victory. Tirreno-Adriatico is a really beautiful race, one that I really like, and conquering it again makes me proud, for all the effort I put here and especially my Movistar Team, which supported me all the way to this time trial. I knew I had to go strong today, I couldn’t let the specialists put too much of a gap over me. Yet, I was calm and confident that I could secure the victory with the advantage I held. With all rivals we had to face and such a tough course, it’s a really prestigious victory to take. It’s a tribute to all those supporting me and my team-mates, for the help they offered me all week.
Taking part in races like this one is always important, and not only because the win that’s at stake. In the end, it’s also a Giro d’Italia-organised event, and that makes sure you’ll find finishes very much similar to those you’ll have to tackle in the Giro. For us, getting to know the roads, reinforce our bond as a team, get used to the pace we’ll find in May - it’s all about getting focused on that first GT goal of our season.
I leave this race with a better feeling that I had when I came here. Currently I’m not at 100% fitness, I’m still lacking some form before heading into the Giro. Some important weeks are coming up, with some training at home, enjoying my family and friends and getting to my best condition. I don’t feel like all those victories in the early season mean I’m reaching the top of my career’s physical condition, either. I’ve been growing it and obviously one can end up thinking there must be a limit to his progression, but I’m hopeful that the best times are still to come."

Rohan Dennis:
"It has been a very good week for both myself and the team. To start off with a win and then hold onto the leader's jersey for three days was great. I am really happy that I was able to take the win today and move into second overall on the GC. The work the team did for me over the whole week was incredible. Today's victory really shows that all of the guys' faith in me was worth it.
Today? It wasn't easy. I went out to half way trying to stick to one plan and then try and lift the pace for the second half. I tried to break it up into little parts, thinking about when I could get a rest and when I couldn't. But it was a tough course out there, especially with the headwind home."  

Greg Van Avermaet:
"I am happy with my Tirreno-Adriatico. There were a few chances for me, but I leave this race feeling good, and I am happy with my form. I didn't come into this race looking to defend my title, it was about continuing my preparations for the Classics, and I think it has been a success in that respect. I am looking forward to the races coming up." 

Manuel Quinziato:
"I did what I could today, and honestly I am happy with my shape this week as I had a late start to the season. I think I did a good job on the way out today and then on the last few kilometers, I dropped the speed a little. But I can be happy, and I feel like I honored my national champion's jersey. It has been a really great week for the whole team so, I think we can leave Tirreno-Adriatico satisfied that we all gave 100%."

Bob Jungels:
“It’s been a tough race. I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with my time trial, but I’m happy to be back on track after crashing on the second stage. Tirreno-Adriatico is an important race, a World Tour event, and to be on the podium and don the white jersey again gives me joy. This is where my preparation for the Giro d’Italia starts. I’ve been working hard during the winter, I like Italy and I hope to continue my good results here in May."

Jos Van Emden:
"When you're so close, you just want to win. I'm very disappointed. It's the second time that I’ve missed a WorldTour victory because Dennis is faster. I didn’t constantly look at the TV screen. I really don’t like it. When you see all those times, you’re just nervous. I've never been that nervous. It really sucks."

1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:11:18
2 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:03
3 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-Scott
4 Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension Data 0:00:08
5 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:11
6 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:15
7 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
8 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:16
9 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:17
10 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 25:56:27
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:25
3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:36
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:45
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:58
6 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:01
7 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:18
8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:36
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:38
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:59
Bob Jungels
Davide Ballerini
Peter Sagan


Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 6

86 km to go the peloton has to stop because of a closed level crossing. Meanwhile the break goes far away but from the Jury the order comes to wait, just before the KOM. Then the chase starts again and the gap is jus 35'' at the first passage on the finish line.
The break includes: Ben Gastauer (AG2R La Mondiale), Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin), Davide Ballerini (Androni-Giocattoli), Raffaello Bonusi (Androni-Giocattoli), Alan Marangoni (Nippo-Vini Fantini)... and there is a little climb in the last kms. Would the sprinters endure it?
8 km to go Nibali attacks, but Jungels reacts.
Felline attacks and bring away a small group including Cattaneo and Terpstra. They joins the rest of the break, Gastauer and Ballerini.
2 km to go they are all caught. 
It's a sprint, and Gaviria wins on Sagan and Stuyven.

Fernando Gaviria:
“I’m happy to take this victory, it’s a well-deserved success for our squad after a week during which we worked and fought hard. I knew it was the last opportunity for the sprinters and to get another win at Tirreno-Adriatico makes me very happy. This victory gives me confidence for the upcoming races.
When Sagan attacked, I followed him and thanks to the fact Niki was in the front I could stay relaxed on his wheel. In the final 200 meters, I kept my eyes on him and when I noticed he wanted to open his sprint, I decided to move first. I had good legs and enough power to keep a small gap, even if he was coming back really strongly. He is one of the best riders in the peloton and to beat him it’s an honor.”


1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 4:09:31
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
4 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
5 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
7 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data
8 Eduard Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
9 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
10 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 25:44:28
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:50
3 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:06
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:15
5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:19
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:23
7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:30
8 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:32
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:37
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:59


Procycling: Tirreno-Adriatico 5 and Paris-Nice 8

Peter Sagan:
"I felt very bad today, but I am very happy for this win. It was looking like I wouldn’t be able to race tomorrow – all day it was full gas, with everyone attacking. I don't know if the other riders saw the profile? 
Rafal Majka was the guy who put his trust in me today. I said to him not to be stupid – that we'll go together, and if he had the legs he'd go. He worked for me and trusted my ability more than I did. I was actually dropped in the last climb, but just got back in the final kilometre. After that I did my best and am very happy with the victory."

Geraint Thomas:
"I felt pretty good. The team were good today. Just in the final I didn't quite expect the finish to be like that. I knew it was two corners and I wanted to lead into the penultimate one. But the road just went up, so I was caught out of position a bit. The legs are good, it's just a real shame about the TTT but there we go. I'm just racing for the stage win. The team were super strong today and we had a lot of guys there attacking and riding aggressively."

Lotto-Jumbo DS Jan Boven:
“We’d hoped, but certainly did not expect this from Roglic. A big compliment to the team, which worked great all day for Roglic on a difficult course. He once again rose in the standings. Now, it is important to hold on to it until the time trial on Tuesday and see how far he can go."


Sergio Henao:
"This is the greatest victory in my career and to win it like this at the last metre of Paris Nice is simply unbelievable"

David De La Cruz:
“It’s a really nice victory. The plan was to go in the break, and once Alberto bridged over, I knew there was a strong chance this move will stick. It wasn’t until the final three kilometers, when I realized we still had a healthy gap on the chasers, that I began thinking of taking the victory. It was a tough day out there, I suffered a lot, but kept my composure on the descent and now I’m very happy. It’s one of the best days of my career”

Julian Alaphilippe:
“You can’t imagine how happy I am! It was another tough day from kilometer zero, but we had a good strategy, sending David in the front, while Dan and myself stayed with the GC contenders, keeping an eye on what was happening. David deserved to win, he did a great job for the team throughout the week, and I’m very happy for him. It’s been a fantastic race for Quick-Step Floors and I am very proud of what we have achieved. Race to the Sun”. 

Dan Martin:
“I couldn’t follow Alberto when he attacked, so from that moment on it was a case of dropping Sergio, which I did on Col d’Èze, but the others chased me back immediately. When I realized the GC victory was out of the question, I said in the radio that David should go and seeing him win this stage is really great. I am extremely happy for him, he gave everything this week for us and deserves to be there. Third in the general classification at such a big as Paris-Nice is an important result in my career, solid proof of how much I have developed since joining Quick-Step Floors, especially as I didn’t arrived here in the best condition. Finally, I am also satisfied and super glad to see the entire squad on the podium at the end of this race, as this fantastic team spirit is what brought us at the top”

Alberto Contador:
"On one hand I'm really happy because to do that in a final you need to be very, very strong. Everyone knew that I would attack because my team pulled hard for me. Then it's difficult to go alone when every other rider is looking to you." 

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:00:05
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNl-Jumbo
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
6 Rigoberto Urán (Col) Cannondale-Drapac
7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
9 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:06
1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 21:34:51
2 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:50
3 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:06
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:01:15
5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:19
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:23
7 Rigoberto Urán (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:01:30
8 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:32
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:37
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:59
1 David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 2:48:53
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
3 Marc Solar (Spa) Movistar 0:00:05
1 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky 29:50:29
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:02
3 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:30
4 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:00
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:01:22
6 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:01:34
7 Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:41
8 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:04:07
9 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:04:39
10 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:14:26