Contador comes up short again as Henao secures overall victory in Paris-Nice
Contador went on the attack with 52 kilometres to go, dropping Henao on the Côte de Peille. Towards the end of the race as the riders went downhill Henao started to make up ground. He started to close the gap on Contador and he forced the race right down to the wire in a dramatic finish.
A frantic run back to the finish saw the maillot jaune finish inside an elite group of chasers, 21 seconds back on the Spaniard and eventual stage winner David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors).
Bonus seconds were not enough for Contador (Trek-Segafredo) who missed out by the narrowest of margins, just two seconds back after a brave ride.
Henao wrapped up Team Sky’s fifth victory in six years at the prestigious stage race, laying the foundations with a battling performance in the cross-winds in the opening pair of stages.
Paris-Nice 2017 – stage 8 results (Nice-Nice):
1 David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) 2:48:53
2 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)
3 Marc Soler (Movistar)
4 Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
6 Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
7 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)
8 Gorka Izagirre (Movistar)
9 Arnold Jeannesson (Foruneo-Vital Concept)
10 Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie)
Final general classification:
1 Sergio Henao (Team Sky)
29:50:29 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)
+02” Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)
+30” 4 Gorka Izagirre (Movistar)
+01’00” Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
+01’22” Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)
+01’34” Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida)
+01’41” 8 Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)
+04’07” 9 Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)
+04’39” 10 Richie Porte (BMC)