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Exciting till the end: Alberto Contador winner of Paris-Nice 2007

Added: sunday 18 March 2007 at 16:33:00
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    Exciting till the end: Alberto Contador winner of Paris-Nice 2007While the prologue in Issy-les-Moulineaux was accompanied by a lovely early spring sun, the sun didn't really come through the clouds in Nice today. Too bad for Paris-Nice, also called the race to the sun!!

    At the start of the last stage from Nice to Nice, over a distance of 129,5 kilometre, a difference of only 6 seconds between the first (Davide Rebellin) and second (Alberto Contador) in the individual rankings, promissed some excitement for this last stage. The other cyclists in the top 10 of individual rankings also had very small time differences .

    In the last climb Alberto Contador's attack gave him a good lead on Davide Rebellin and with the 10 seconds of bonification for the stage winner, he quickly became virtual yellow jersey.

    Alberto Contador at the start of the prologue of Paris-Nice
    Alberto Contador at the start of the prologue of Paris-Nice

    It was all finally decided in the center of Nice, because at 2 kilometres of the arrival, the distance was reduced to only 17 seconds while Rebellin left the group trying to get back to Contador.

    The individual rankings finally are:
    - 1- Alberto Contador (Discovery Channel)
    - 2- David Lopez-Garcia (Caisse d'Epargne)
    - 3- Joaquim Rodriguez (Caisse d'Epargne)
    - 4- Samuel Sanchez (Euskatel - Euskadi)
    - 5- Alexandre Botcharov (Crédit Agricole)

    First French in the rankings is Sébastien JOLY at 01' 36' on the 12th place, first Dutch Joost POSTHUMA at 12' 20' on the 36th place, while the prologue winner David Millar finishes on the 13th place at 01' 46'.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 1 comments!
  1. De tour naar de zon dit keer een tour van de zon naar wat minder. Overigens zal R$ebellin dat gevoel ook herkennen als het lijkt alsof je gaat winnen!

    | Wil vergouwen | sunday 18 March 2007 at 19:58:37

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