Vichot (FDJ) becomes Spaniard's tormentor - 2nd in Nice, 4th in the overall by just 1sec. Movistar wins Paris-Nice teams' overall classification.

The final podium José Joaquín Rojas fought for and suffered for eight days in Paris-Nice went neglected into the very last sprint, contested in the Promenade des Anglais of the Côte d'Azur's capital after 128km full of small climbs. The Spanish rider from the Movistar Team ended 4th overall in the 'Course of the Sun' after taking 2nd, by few centimeters, to French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) over the line. Such misfortune, after a day where the telephone squad did not lose their commitment and strength.

Imanol Erviti made calmness possible within the Blue team by entering the day's early, 17-man break that led the race through the opening ascents and until the final 40k. Despite the wear and tear of the afternoon, the Navarrese put his working force at the team's disposal, and alongside the Izagirre brothers, Szmyd and Gadret he helped out Rojas in two key moments: when he got dropped from the favourites' group, just over the Col d'Eze -15km from the finish line,- and when Fränk Schleck (TFR) and a dangerous Simon Spilak (KAT) escaped on the last downhill.

Despite his great position, Vichot -who had taken a bonus second through the last intermediate sprint- beat Rojas, who was left out of the final podium by just one second due to the bonus difference at the finish, the Frenchman stepping onto it with Betancur (ALM) and Costa (LAM). Movistar Team was somewhat consoled by their first WorldTour teams' overall win of the 2014 season, recognition to a block committed to the top, with several breaks, excellent team-work and three riders within the GC's top-20.

Paris-Nice

Results / Stage 8

16/3/2014

Stage results

Riders overall

  • 1st    Vichot   (FDJ)   3.06.56
  • 2nd    Rojas   (MOV)   m.t.
  • 3rd    Gautier   (EUC)   m.t.
  • 4th    D. Caruso   (CAN)   m.t.
  • 5th    Kelderman   (BEL)   m.t.

Movistar Team results

  • 2nd    José Joaquín Rojas   m.t.
  • 19th    Gorka Izagirre   m.t.
  • 20th    Ion Izagirre   m.t.
  • 33rd    John Gadret   1.08
  • 57th    Imanol Erviti   7.32
  • 91st    Sylwester Szmyd   9.06
  • 106th    Jesús Herrada   14.02