Betancur gives Colombia first Paris-Nice win

Posted: March 17, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Road cycling
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Carlos Betancur © Gallo Images

Carlos Betancur became the first Colombian cyclist to win the Paris-Nice race on Sunday following the eighth and final stage.

French champion Arthur Vichot won the stage, raced along the celebrated Promenade des Anglais, which saw several riders, including Portugal’s road race world champion Rui Costa, lose their chance of victory in the stage in a pile-up 300 metres from the finish.

Costa was able to remount and cycle gingerly to the finishing line of the ‘Race to the Sun’ to finish second overall.

Betancur, 24, was winning his first stage race at WorldTour level, although he finished an impressive fifth in last year’s Tour of Italy.

 

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“I have received great support from my teammates while I have held the overall lead,” said Betancur, who won two stages during the week.

 

Betancur, who rides for the French AG2R team, kept a keen eye on Costa throughout the final stage as the Portuguese rider was only 14sec behind him in the overall standings.

The only anxious moment he had face to face with his main rival was when Costa tried to steal a march on him on the Col d’Eze, the final climb of the stage, but he and his team – the first French team to have the winner of the race since Swiss rider Tony Rominger won in 1991 – reeled him in without any great difficulty.

 

STAGE 8 RESULTS

1. Arthur Vichot (France / FDJ.fr) 3:06:56″
2. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar) ST
3. Cyril Gautier (France / Europcar)
4. Damiano Caruso (Italy / Cannondale)
5. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin)
6. Fraenk Schleck (Luxembourg / Trek)
7. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands / Garmin) +2″
8. Carlos Betancur (Colombia / AG2R)
9. George Bennett (New Zealand / Cannondale)
10. Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina / Bretagne)
11. Peter Velits (Slovakia / BMC Racing)
12. David Lopez (Spain / Team Sky)
13. Stefan Denifl (Austria / IAM Cycling)
14. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R)
15. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / IAM Cycling)
16. Jose Serpa (Colombia / Lampre)
17. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana)
18. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha)
19. Gorka Izagirre (Spain / Movistar)
20. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar)
103. Reinart Janse van Resburg (RSA/GIA) + 14′ 02”

OVERALL STANDINGS

1. Carlos Betancur (Colombia / AG2R) 35:11:45″
2. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) +14″
3. Arthur Vichot (France / FDJ.fr) +20″
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spain / Movistar) +21″
5. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) +25″
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark / Astana) +29″
7. Cyril Gautier (France / Europcar) +31″
8. Stefan Denifl (Austria / IAM Cycling) +35″
9. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +36″
10. Peter Velits (Slovakia / BMC Racing) +39″
11. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) +46″
12. Gorka Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) +50″
13. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin) +1:05″
14. Damiano Caruso (Italy / Cannondale) +1:12″
15. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) +1:33″
16. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands / Garmin) +1:37″
17. Jan Bakelants (Belgium / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) +1:57″
18. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg / Trek) +2:05″
19. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) +2:06″
20. Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina / Bretagne) +2:09″
67. Reinart Janse van Resburg (RSA/GIA) + 42′ 15”

see more:http://www.supersport.com/cycling/international/news/140316/Betancur_gives_Colombia_first_ParisNice_win

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