Paris – Nice 2009:Stage 8. Colom gets it !
Alberto Contador of Team Astana put forth his best effort to take back what he lost earlier, but in the end the day belonged to two other Spaniards. Antonio Colom of Katusha outsprinted Contador for the stage win and Luis Leon Sanchez came in 17 seconds later to cement his overall win.
“I owe this victory to my teammates, who helped me a lot,” Sanchez said. “I always remained calm and collected. I had a great morale throughout and this win is also theirs.”
He continued, “Everybody’s main objective in cycling, whether you’re a rider or a sponsor, is the Tour. In the team, we have riders who can win it. Today, I’m the Paris-Nice winner, but in July, I’ll become a teammate again, trying to help Oscar [Pereiro] or Alejandro [Valverde] win the Tour.”
The 25-year-old praised his friend and rival, Contador, calling him “a great rider, but his goal is also the Tour more than Paris-Nice. I’m glad this was my turn and today’s my day.”
A group of 25 riders got away at the 25km mark and built up a lead of 1:25, but were only able to stay in the lead for about 50 km.
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 6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 7 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank 8 Mevel Christophe Le (Fra) Française Des Jeux 9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 10 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux Final general classification 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 6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1.59 7 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step 2.29 8 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 2.57 9 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBox Bouygues Telecom 3.37 10 Mevel Christophe Le (Fra) Française Des Jeux 4.00