Saturday, March 14, 2015

Paris Nice Stage 6: A Long, Cold, Wet Climb

This year's Paris Nice may have been miss named.  Normally the race is nicknamed, "The Race to the Sun," however, this year it was more like a race to the rain.  Today's penultimate stage still had everything to play for with the top three podium positions only separated by 3 seconds.  Etixx-Quickstep clearly had a plan as they headed up the penultimate climb of the stage.  Going up the Col Saint-Ruch, it was a hard driving Tony Martin aided by Michal Golas that set the pace for their team leader, Michal Kwiatkowski.  Kwiatkowski hopes to put time into the two riders on Team Sky that sit just behind him on the General Classification.

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