Paris-Nice results & GC: De la Cruz takes stage, Soler wins title

Simon Yates in yellow at Paris-Nice

"It's really a dream come true to win Paris-Nice and add my name to the winners' list next to some of the greats of cycling", Soler said.

Movistar's Marc Soler pipped Simon Yates to the overall Paris-Nice title by just four seconds after Sunday's final stage, which was won by David de la Cruz.

Soler, who rides for Movistar and trailed his British rival by 37 seconds ahead of the eighth and final stage in the Nice hinterland, claimed his biggest career win by just four seconds.

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.

Young Spaniard Marc Soler on Sunday snatched victory at Paris-Nice from Briton Simon Yates with a daring breakaway on a soaked final stage.

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

Admittedly this was helped by the abandonments of the likes of Wout Poels and Dan Martin, but it certainly proved that you don't need to have big-name riders to produce exciting racing. "I'm getting closer. previous year I lost (the Tour of Romandie) on the last day as well, by 20 seconds".

Overnight leader Luis Leon Sanchez of Spain (Astana) cracked with six kilometres left and slid down the rankings.

As for Jérôme Cousin's wheel-sucking of Nils Politt on stage five, it may not have been a popular tactic with Katusha or the viewing public, but it was Cousin's only hope of beating the powerful German and showed a victory of tactical nous over brute force, even if it may not have won him any friends in the peloton. The team did a really good job.

"It was a really aggressive race as we expected".

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