By Jean-François Quénet in Nice
Roman Kreuziger was one of the 25 riders who pulled out of Paris-Nice during the final stage. He cited an injury as the reason.
"One of the tendons in my knee was inflamed, and I will need about three days of total rest before I can start again," he told Cyclingnews.
"I'm sad about that, but the season is long and far from over." Kreuziger, a Czech rider with the Liquigas team, was impressive inside the early breakaway on Saturday's stage prior to Luis León Sánchez's decisive attack that took him to both a stage and an overall win.
See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the final stage of Paris-Nice.