March 11, 2017
STAGE 6: Yates outwits favourites to take victory
Simon Yates caught the favourites napping, attack 20 km from the line to win the 6th stage of Paris-Nice in Fayence on Friday. The Briton surged shortly before the top of the first category Col de Bourigaille, never to be seen again by the leading favorites, who were clearly waiting for the final "wall" of Fayence to battle it out. Yates reached the the line with a gap of 17 seconds over second place Sergio Henao with Richie Porte at 26 seconds.
The final climb revealed the current strengths and weaknesses and race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step), so impressive two days ago at Mont Brouilly, could not react when Colombian Sergio Henao (Sky) surged to take second place ahead of 2013 and 2015 winner Richie Porte (BMC). Alaphilippe was 4th and maintained a 36-seconds lead over Tony Gallopin overall, with Henao third, a further 10 seconds adrift.
Yates explained his reaction the win, "I was a little far away in the overall standing this morning, which left me a bit of freedom. I thought that other riders would follow me when I attacked but I found myself alone. At that moment I had only one solution: to give everything I had! Maybe I will try to attack again tomorrow! "
Stage and GC Results in Full after six stages