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Paris Nice 2009 latest news

pn-qMar 16th '09. LATEST NEWS. Contador showed that he can bounce back from a dreadful ride, but today belonged to Sanchez to enjoy being crowned the 2009 Paris Nice winner.

Sanchez takes the Title
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Stage 8 - Nice Nice Full Results

sanchezsmallSanchez wins Paris Nice.  Alberto Contador salvaged his pride, but not the race with a brave but unsuccessful attempt after losing the yellow jersey to overall Paris Nice winner Sanchez yesterday.   The 2007 Paris-Nice and Tour de France winner attacked at the foot of the Col de la Porte and stayed in the front until the Col d'Eze. In the long descent towards Nice, he was joined by Antonio Colom, who won the final stage ahead of him, and Frank Schleck, whose Saxo Bank team-mates led the chase all day. more...

Sanchez said he owed this victory to his team, "I always remained calm and collected. I had a great morale throughout and this win is also theirs" he said.

Stage winners

  • 1 Antonio Colom (Spa) Team Katusha 2.47.49 (42.546 km/h)
  • 2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 
  • 3 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0.01
  • 4 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0.17
  • 5 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel

Final General Classification - Tour winners

  • 1 Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 30.53.51
  • 2 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 1.00
  • 3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 1.09
  • 4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana 1.24
  • 5 Antonio Colom (Spa) Team Katusha 1.47

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Stage 7 - Manosque Fayence - 191 km Full results

thumb_sanchezperieroAfter delivering a climbing lesson to the peloton yesterday, Contador was the one on the receiving end today.  Attacked by all sides, race leader Alberto Contador suffered a spectacular setback today, handing his yellow jersey and stage win to Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne).

Seemingly invincible after his victory on the Montagne de Lure yesterday, Contador cracked in the final descent, losing ground dramatically after being systematically attacked by Sanchez, Antonio Colom (Katusha), who finished second, Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step).

Sanchez now leads Chavanel by 1:09 in the overall standings, with Chavanel third, 1:21 behind. Contador is now 1:50 off the pace. 

"I knew this stage from the Tour of the Mediterranean and the Tour du Haut Var. We had planned our move and everything worked according to plan. The profile suited my qualities and style" said Sanchez. "I don't know what went wrong with Alberto. But it goes to show great champions can have their bad days and there is room for the others. We remain good friends but this is competition and what matters is that the yellow jersey remains in Spain."

Stage 6: Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux La Montagne de Lure Full results


Contador delivers climbing lesson.  Euskaltel led the peloton at the start of the final climb as the main group kept losing riders.  When Jens Voigt attacked with 11 kms to go,  Contador was prompt to counter-attack, first with Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Antonio Colom (Katusha), then on his own as he surged with 6 kms to go.  Yellow jersey holder Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) was quickly dropped as a group comprising Cadel Evans (Silence Lotto), Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), David Moncoutie (Cofidis) and Schleck chased, some 35 seconds behind.  more...


Stage 5: Annonay Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 204 km Full results


A rest day: 204km, 7 category climbs.  A trio of Jeremy Roy (FDJeux),  Thomas Voeckler (BBox Bouygues) and Tony Martin (Columbia) led Stage 5 Paris Nice from the top of the first hill, through the six other climbs of the day to retain their lead on the peloton through to the finish line. Chavanel keeps the yellow jersey for another day. more ...

Stage 4: Vichy Saint-Étienne 173.5 km Full Results

VandeVelde takes solo win. With 20 kilometers to go Christian Vande Velde attacked his breakaway group and rode to a solid, solo win.  Off the front with a seven-man break for more than 100 kilometers, Christian's strong move left his break-mates standing still as he finished with a 14-second gap on second place. more ...

Stage 3: Orval Vichy - 178 km Full results


Sylvain Chavanel wins Rabobank dominated stage. Rabobank created havoc during the final 50kms of a wet Stage 3 Paris Nice splitting the peloton and allowing a group of 15 riders to break away.  Whilst most teams were represented, Astana were missing allowing first over the line Sylvain Chavanel to take the yellow jersey from Contador. more ..


Stage 2: Sant-Brisson-sur-Loire La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin - 195.5 km - Full results


Cervelo's Haussler wins the sprint.  Heinrich Haussler won today's stage of Paris-Nice after narrowly missing a mass crash with 3 km to go. Mark Renshaw of Columbia-Highroad was second while Marco Lorenzetto of Lampre was third. Alberto Contador of Astana stays in yellow after he was involved in a crash but was within 3 km of the finish thereby not affecting the overall GC. Haussler rocketed away from Renshaw in the last 50 m.  More ...

Stage 1 : Amilly - Amilly, 9km ITT - Full results

Contador wins easily. Astana's triple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador won today's opening ITT at Paris Nice with impressive style by holding off next the fastest rider, triple Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins by seven seconds. Read article...


The Paris Nice includes 8 stages and covers a total distance of 1,250 kilometres.  160 riders from 20 teams will traverse 37 mountain passes as they make their way from Paris to Nice, or the "Race to the Sun" as it is more popularly known.


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Hayden Roulston is the only kiwi in the race,  his Cervelo Test Team includes last year's prologue winner Thor Hushovd.  Hushovd isn't racing this event, but Cervelo still has a fast team.  Look out for a Roulston leadout on Stages 2 and 3.

Unfortunately there is no TV coverage of the race in New Zealand. However has media accreditation for this event and will provide all the information needed to keep up to date with this great race.  With the 12 hour time difference between France and New Zealand, the races will be happening as most kiwis are asleep.  We expect to provide stage overviews and results ready to read with the first coffee of the morning.


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Jersey Colours
  • Yellow  General time classification
  • Green General points classification
  • Red Polka-Dotted Best climber classification
  • White Best young rider classification


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