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Gallery: De la Cruz and Soler shine, as Paris-Nice comes to a cloudy and wet end

"The Race to the Sun" did not live up to its name on the final day of racing around Nice, but explosive racing still shone through.
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Greipel
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was one of the few sprinters on the start line for the final stage of Paris-Nice. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Viviani
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) was hardly recognizable on the start line. It was a cold and wet finale for “The Race to the Sun.” Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Peloton
The peloton rolled out of Nice and into the hills. Despite the bad weather, it would be an explosive final day to the week-long race. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Lotto-Soudal
Lotto-Soudal was attentive early in the stage with Thomas De Gendt looking to seal the King of the Mountains classification and Tim Wellens looking to improve his fifth place in the general classification. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Early breakaway
Tony Gallopin (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), David De La Cruz (Sky), Omar Fraile (Astana), and Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) were among the first riders to attack. The stage began climbing almost immediately. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Yates
Simon Yates’ (Mitchelton-Scott) yellow jersey was covered for most of the day. The Briton would fend off attacks for nearly the entire 110-kilometer stage. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Alaphilippe and Fraile
After his first attack failed, Fraile attacked again with Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors). Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Mitchelton-Scott
Chris Juul Jensen and Matteo Trentin did lots of work at the front of the reduced peloton, as they tried to keep all of the attacks under control. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Naesen
Oliver Naesen (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is no stranger to the bad weather. His main goals of the season are approaching with Milan-Sanremo, the Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix in the coming weeks. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: De la Cruz
De la Cruz would attack with Marc Soler (Movistar) and bridge to the lone leader Fraile. Alaphilippe had been unable to hold the pace in the breakaway. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: De la Cruz
De la Cruz attacked the final climb and crossed the summit alone. Only a nine-kilometer descent stood between him and victory. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: De la Cruz and Fraile
However, De la Cruz was caught on the descent by Fraile and Soler. Thus, a sprint to the finish ensued. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Soler
Soler, wearing the white Best Young Rider jersey, finished third. He awaited the arrival of Yates to see if he captured the overall title. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Yates
Yates fought valiantly on the way back into Nice, but lost the yellow jersey by a mere four seconds to Soler. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Henao
Defending champion Sergio Henao (Sky) did not have the legs this past week to contend for the overall title. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: De la Cruz
De la Cruz won the final stage of Paris-Nice for the second year in-a-row on Sunday. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Soler
Soler’s yellow jersey shone brightly under the cloudy and sunless sky. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
2018 Paris-Nice, stage 8: Yates, Soler, and Izagirre
Soler was joined on the final general classification podium by Yates and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida). Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images