Sky prodigy Bernal takes Paris-Nice control

2019-03-16 18:51
Egan Bernal (Getty Images)
Egan Bernal (Getty Images)

La Bollène-Vésubie - Colombia's Daniel Martinez won stage seven of the Paris-Nice on Saturday, as his compatriot Egan Bernal of Sky emerged with the yellow jersey after a stunning ascent to the summit finish.

Bernal, just 22, leads the overall standings by 45sec from Belgian Quick-Step veteran Philippe Gilbert, after he crossed the summit way ahead of the main peloton which he dropped with a few kilometres remaining. 

The stage ended with a steep 15km climb where several Colombian climbers had a field day, smashing the peloton's resistance with Martinez proving strongest on the day after surviving an early escape group.

A third young Colombian, Miguel Angel Lopez, was second with France's Nicolas Edet third and Britain's Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates in fourth.

On last season's race Yates went into the final day in the lead but lost it on a descent in dreadful weather, although Bernal holds all the aces.

The leader holds a 45sec lead on Gilbert while his friend and compatriot Nairo Quintana, with whom he made Saturday's ascent, is third at 46sec.

Overnight leader Michal Kwiatkowski looked strong until about 10km into the climb, where he dropped to 1min 03sec in the overall standings.

Sunday's stage is a short 110km loop around Nice that features six tricky climbs, the last of which is just 9km from the line.

Stage 7 results:

1. Daniel Martinez (COL/EF1) 4hrs 55min 49sec, 2. Miguel Angel Lopez (COL/AST) at 06sec, 3. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 20, 4. Simon Yates (GBR/MIT) 20, 5. Jonathan Hivert (FRA/DEN) 55, 6. Giulio Ciccone (ITA/TRE) 2:03, 7. Julien EL Fares (FRA/DMP) 2:03, 8. Sergio Henao (COL/UAE) 2:08, 9. Victor De la Parte (ESP/CCC) 2:13, 10. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CCC) 2:15, 11. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/DEC) 2:50, 12. Elie Gesbert (FRA/ARK) 3:04, 13. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 3:43, 14. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 3:43, 15. Jack Haig (AUS/MIT) 4:05.

Overall standings:

1. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 26hrs 35min 26sec, 2. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/DEC) at 45sec, 3. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 46, 4. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 1:03, 5. Jack Haig (AUS/MIT) 1:21, 6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 1:45, 7. George Bennett (NZL/JUM) 2:20, 8. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 2:52, 9. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 3:02, 10. Bob Jungels (LUX/DEC) 3:06.

Read more on:    paris-nice race  |  daniel martinez  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.