Paris-Nice: Martinez wins on the Col de Turini

Daniel Martínez (EF Education First) won stage 7 of Paris-Nice, triumphing atop the Col de Turini ahead of his compatriot Miguel Ángel Lopez (Astana). Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) finished third, just edging out Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) after a ding-dong battle on the summit finish.

The four were the strongest men from a 38-man breakaway, with the quartet forming after Yates and Lopez went on the early slopes of the climb. At various points, Edet, Lopez, Yates and Martínez were alone out front, with the Astana man looking at one point like he’d be on the way to a solo win before a regrouping three kilometres out.

Bang under the flamme rouge it was Martínez who laid it all on the line one final time. Lopez went with him, while Yates didn’t have enough to make it across initially. The Brit looked to be making his way up to the Colombians 500 metres from the line before they reinjected some pace.

On the run-in to the line, a clearly confident Martínez led the way. He led-out the sprint too, and the expected punch-back from Lopez never came, leaving the 22-year-old Education First man to take his first stage win in pink.

Almost four minutes later, the Colombian triumphs continued as Egan Bernal (Team Sky) took over the race lead after his teammate, the yellow jersey holder Michał Kwiatkowski faltered in the final two kilometres.

Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step) looked in prime position to take the lead until the Turini bit back, with the Belgian losing too much time in the closing kilometres to make his virtual race lead a reality. Bernal now enjoys a 45-second lead over the Belgian (46 seconds to Quintana in third) ahead of the final 110km stage around Nice on Sunday.

How it happened

With climbing from the get-go on this, the penultimate stage, it was Lotto Soudal who took the reins early on, working so that their mountain classification leader Thomas De Gendt could scoop up some early points.

On the second climb of the day, the Côte de Gourdon, the break of the day established itself. A handful of riders turned into 39 as a number of strong climbers – De Gendt among them – chanced their arm.

Simon Yates, Mikel Nieve (both Mitchelton-Scott), Miguel Ángel Lopez, Magnus Cort (both Astana), Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Mathias Frank (AG2R La Mondiale), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Daniel Martinez (EF Education First) and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team) were among the more notable names to make the break of the day.

Double stage winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) was an early casualty, abandoning the race while wearing the green jersey. Meanwhile, up the road, De Gendt led De Marchi over the line on the second and third climbs of the day, adding 21 points to his total in the first 70km of racing.

With the best-placed man on GC out front being Gilbert at 2:01 down, it looked a safe bet that the break wouldn’t carry any threats to the yellow jersey. The Belgian did nab three bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint though, putting him within 1:58 of race leader Kwiatkowski.

The middle of the stage was marked by further abandons, as Frank crashed out of the break, and Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) climbed off suffering with stomach problems. On the third climb of the day, De Gendt once again beat De Marchi to take another four points, a result that would be repeated on the penultimate climb.

A foray off the front for the duo proved to be brief, with the lead group reabsorbing them for the ride to the final two climbs of the day. Gilbert was still the virtual leader, as the break enjoyed a six-minute lead with 30km to race.

Mitchelton-Scott set their plan into action on the Côte de Pelasque, putting Nieve to work as they sought a Yates stage win. Further back, Movistar sent Winner Anacona on the offensive, laying the groundwork for a Quintana attack later.

On the Col de Turini, Gilbert hung in with the remains of the break, taking two seconds at the final intermediate sprint as the group retained their six-minute lead heading into the final 10km.

Yates and Lopez were the first to launch their attacks, prompting an explosion in the break 9km from the line. Edet and Martínez joined them, with the four men quickly building a 20-second gap over the remainder of the break.

Co-operation among the leaders was light, to say the least, with the previously yo-yo-ing Edet taking advantage to put in a dig. Lopez quickly caught and passed the Frenchman, however, before leaving him behind with 5.5km to race.

Heading into the final 3km, Gilbert was struggling, while up front the four were back together again, though still attacking and looking at each other constantly. Kwiatkowski fell into trouble in the final two kilometres, leaving Bernal to battle Quintana on the ride to the line.

Their pace was enough to guarantee yellow for the young Colombian, with the duo crossing the line under a minute behind Gilbert, who had looked all set to inherit the jersey just a few kilometres earlier.

Up the road, Martínez had delivered the race-winning attack under the flamme rouge, leading Lopez into the closing metres before easily out-sprinting his compatriot. Further back, Yates was edged out by a resurgent Edet for third place.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First4:55:49
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:06
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:20
4Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 3 - Cell 2
5Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:55
6Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:03
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 6 - Cell 2
8Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:02:08
9Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team0:02:13
10Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team0:02:15
11Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:02:50
12Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:03:14
13Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:43
14Egan Bernal (Col) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:05
16Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:13
17Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:04:16
18Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:22
19George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma0:04:39
20Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:59
21Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Sky0:05:04
22Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:05:42
24Laurens ten Dam (Ned) CCC TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 24 - Cell 2
26Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:06:07
27Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:24
28Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:06:28
29Amaro Antunes (Por) CCC Team0:06:43
30Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:06:59
31Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Felix Großschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:11
33Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:42
34Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Education First0:07:50
36Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:08:03
37Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:08:06
38Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:08:59
39Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:09:10
40Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:09:43
41Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-MeridaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 41 - Cell 2
43Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:10:47
44Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:11:09
45Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:11:46
46Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:54
47Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team0:12:09
48Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:12:29
49Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:13:03
50Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 49 - Cell 2
51Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:25
52Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:14:27
53Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 52 - Cell 2
54Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:14:53
55Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:23
56Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 56 - Cell 2
58Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:18:14
59Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:18:17
60Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 60 - Cell 2
62Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 61 - Cell 2
63Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 62 - Cell 2
64Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-HansgroheRow 64 - Cell 2
66Niki Terpstra (Ned) Direct Energie0:20:02
67Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:20:38
68Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 68 - Cell 2
70Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:21:40
71Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:21:51
72Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:23:06
73Laurent Pichon (Fra) Arkéa SamsicRow 72 - Cell 2
74Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:23:22
75Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:24:12
76Anthony Turgis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 77 - Cell 2
79Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 78 - Cell 2
80Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jesper Hansen (Den) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 81 - Cell 2
83Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 83 - Cell 2
85Casper Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 84 - Cell 2
86Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 85 - Cell 2
87Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 86 - Cell 2
88Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 89 - Cell 2
91John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 90 - Cell 2
92Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:25:43
93Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 92 - Cell 2
94Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:27:24
96Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 95 - Cell 2
97Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 96 - Cell 2
98Patrick Müller (Swi) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 97 - Cell 2
99Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 98 - Cell 2
100Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 99 - Cell 2
101Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 100 - Cell 2
102Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
103Will Barta (USA) CCC TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jan Bakelants (Bel) Team SunwebRow 103 - Cell 2
105André Greipel (Ger) Arkéa SamsicRow 104 - Cell 2
106Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alessandro Fedeli (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 106 - Cell 2
108Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:27:55
109Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:27:56
110Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:28:34
111Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:31:17
112Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 111 - Cell 2
113Niccolò Bonifazio (Ita) Direct Energie0:32:15
114Eduard-Michael Grosu (Rom) Delko Marseille Provence KTM0:32:36
115Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:33:52
116Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 115 - Cell 2
117Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 116 - Cell 2
118Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJRow 117 - Cell 2
119Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTMRow 118 - Cell 2
120Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Team SkyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 121 - Cell 2
123Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 122 - Cell 2
124Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education FirstRow 123 - Cell 2
125Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 124 - Cell 2
126Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 125 - Cell 2
127Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 126 - Cell 2
128Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:33:56
129Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 128 - Cell 2
130Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 129 - Cell 2
131Daniel McLay (GBr) EF Education FirstRow 130 - Cell 2
132Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 131 - Cell 2
133Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 132 - Cell 2
DNSCaleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 133 - Cell 2
DNSDylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 134 - Cell 2
DNSEdvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFSam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFMathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFJens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFBram Welten (Ned) Arkéa SamsicRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFJakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 141 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Coursegoules - 72.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep3pts
2Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Le Bollene-Vesubie - 170 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe3pts
2Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tim Declercq (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 3 - Col de Turini - 181.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First15pts
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits9Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Team2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team1Row 9 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - Côte de Gattières - 10.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal7pts
2Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Amael Moinard (Fra) Arkéa Samsic2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic1Row 4 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - Côte de Gourdon - 47.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal7pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1Row 4 - Cell 3
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KOM 3 - Côte de Coursegoules - 70 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal7pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin1Row 4 - Cell 3
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KOM 4 - Côte de Gillette - 126 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal4pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1Row 2 - Cell 3
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KOM 5 - Côte de Pelasque - 160.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal10pts
2Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep1Row 6 - Cell 3
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KOM 6 - Col de Turini - 181.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First10pts
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First4:55:49
2Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:00:06
3Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:03
4Elie Gesbert (Fra) Arkéa Samsic0:03:14
5Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky0:03:43
6Ivan Sosa (Col) Team Sky0:05:04