The 70th edition of Paris-Nice 2012 ended today with a time trial on the Col d'Eze. The final decisive stage wasn't as important as it could have been if the general classification had been different than the one we had. Indeed, Bradley Wiggins ends this solo effort as the fastest man of all riders at the start in Nice and with this stage victory, the British rider also confirmed his yellow jersey and thus the final victory of this race to the sun.
The summary of the 8th stage: Nice > Col d'Eze
Under a bright and shining sun (the race to the sun really corresponded to its surname this year!) the riders started one by one in the streets of Nice at the bottom of the climb to the Col d'Eze.
9.6 kilometers long, this ascent had been qualified as very difficult by many riders, including those at the highest places in the general classification.
The first rider to start at the end of this morning was the last rider in the general classification, the Polish rider Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank). His time taken on top of the Col d'Eze, 23'32", didn't last long time because quite rapidly Danny Pate (Team Sky), followed in the car by the rider in yellow, Bradley Wiggins, immediately improved this time by 2 minutes (21'29").
The American rider of Team Sky didn't wait very long however because the French rider Jean-Christophe Péraudof the AG2R La Mondiale team improved his time with almost 2 more minutes (19'45"), a time which allowed him to end this stage on the 3rd place.
The French rider stayed in the first position for quite some time since it was only the forelast rider, Lieuwe Westra, who improved his time with 31 seconds. This was however not enough to wipe out the 6 seconds which separated the Dutch rider from Bradley Wiggins since the latter rider finally won this time trial stage with a 2 seconds better time than Westra. With this performance, the British rider not only keeps the yellow jersey and thus the overall victory of the 70th edition of Paris-Nice but also takes over the green jersey from Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) who ended this stage at the 6th place at 52 seconds.
The photos of stage 8: Nice > Col d'Eze of Paris-Nice 2012
A selection of 129 photos of the 8th stage of Paris-Nice 2012, Nice > Col d'Eze has been published. If you'd like to see them, you can click on the link below:
In the points classification, we saw a last minute change for the leader, thanks to the points awarded to the rider who won today's stage. Indeed, with these points, Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) beat Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) with only a few points and he thus goes home not only with the yellow but also with the green jersey:
As indicated in the summary of yesterday's race, the polka dot jersey could not go to any other rider anymore and the top 5 thus remains unchanged today (even though the official website of the race doesn't show Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) any more in this classification):
1/ Frederik Veuchelen (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) - 64 points
2/ Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) - 42 points
3/ Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne) - 28 points
4/ Rein Taaramae (Cofidis, le crédit en ligne) - 20 points
5/ David Le Lay (Saur-Sojasun) - 20 points
Best young rider
Tejay van Garderen goes home with the white jersey for best young rider, while Davide Malacarne leaves his 3rd place to the French rider Romain Sicard:
1/ Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) - 28h14'10"
2/ Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky) - +2'46"
3/ Romain Sicard (Euskaltel-Euskadi) - +7'55"
4/ Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar) - +8'53"
5/ Dominik Nerz (Liquigas-Cannondale) - +10'02" by Thomas Vergouwen
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