Paris-Nice
Stage 8: Nice - Nice - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Simon Yates continued his impressive WorldTour debut with a strong showing on the final stage of Paris-Nice. The neo-pro was part of a 22 rider elite group that contested the stage victory ultimately won by Arthur Vichot (FDF.fr). The French Road National Champion survived the final climb up Col d’Eze to beat out JJ Rojas (Movistar) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) to the top step of the podium. Carlos Betancur (Ag2r La Mondiale) crossed the line in eighth place, on the same time as Vichot, to become the first Colombian to win the Race to the Sun.  

Jens Keukeleire played an integral role in the early action, putting himself in the break of the day. With representation from all but six teams in the race, it initially looked as if the escape group had a chance to challenge for the stage; however, the peloton proved cautious off allowing the group’s gap to grow. Tinkoff-Saxo decided to chase when they hit the Côte de Peille, the penultimate climb. The fast tempo set by Tinkoff-Saxo spelled game over for the break.

"The finish suited Simon, so he came into action when the race came back together. He was part of the real select group. By the time they came on the finish circuit, there were only about 40 guys left or so – and at the end, I think there were only 22. Simon wasn’t just a number today. He went off the front with Frank Schleck (Trek Factory Racing) up the Col d’Eze. It was a short-lived move. Schleck was already out front, and Simon went across to him. We’re all super impressed with his ride today. It was such hard circuit, and he was animating the race in small ways." - Sport Director Dave McPartland

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) - FDJ.fr 3:06:56
2 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) - Movistar Team ST
3 Cyril Gautier (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
4 Damiano Caruso (Ita) - Cannondale ST
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team ST
6 Fränk Schleck (Lux) - Trek Factory Racing ST
7 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) - Garmin Sharp ST
8 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) - AG2R La Mondiale ST
9 George Bennett (NZl) - Cannondale ST
10 Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) - Bretagne - Seche Environnement ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
22 Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
53 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:07:32
92 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:09:06
99 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:02
102 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST