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Soler wins Paris-Nice with daring breakaway

Soler wins Paris-Nice with daring breakaway

With AP Photos.Marc Soler of Spain won the weeklong Paris-Nice race on Sunday after launching a successful attack in the final stage to dislodge overnight leader Simon Yates of Britain. "I'm really happy", said Soler, who just secured the biggest win of his career thus far.

Simon Yates may have fallen four seconds shy of joining Tom Simpson, Bradley Wiggins, and Geraint Thomas on the short list of Brits to have won Paris-Nice, but his performance showed he has both the legs and maturity to move onto a Grand Tour podium this year. He was 35 seconds adrift of Soler.

The 24-year-old Soler in 2015 won the Tour de l'Avenir, a mini Tour de France for the under-23 riders.

Gorka Izagirre took bonus points in the first intermediate sprint of the day to jump above his brother and finish third overall, 14 seconds back. "I'm progressing step by step".

They increased their lead to 1 minute, 30 seconds at one stage.




Yates made contact with other favorites in the descent into Nice but finished sixth, 38 seconds behind De La Cruz and second placed Omar Fraile of Spain. Soler collected bonus seconds in the second intermediate sprint at La Turbie before Fraile unsuccessfully tried to go solo in the descent of Col d'Eze.

Soler's name now features in the Paris-Nice records alongside Spanish greats such as Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador.

"I was just empty in the finale there", said Yates, who had taken the leader's jersey after winning the previous stage.

You have to go back to 1976 for the last time four different French riders picked up four stage wins at Paris-Nice (and that was back in the days where the race consisted of 10 stages) so the home crowd will have been delighted with the week's results. I'm getting closer. Hopefully, I can improve and work hard and I take the top spot.


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