Gallery: Yates overcomes terrible weather to win stage 7 of Paris-Nice
The peloton faced five categorized climbs on Saturday's penultimate stage at Paris-Nice, as well as cold temperatures and rain.
In the opening kilometers, riders were seen stopping and putting on additional layers. It was a cold and miserable day in the south of France on Saturday. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images With Luis Lean Sanchez in the leader’s yellow jersey, Astana’s turquoise kits were never far from the front of the peloton. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Tony Gallopin (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Jesus Herrada of Spain (Cofidis), Amael Moinard (Fortuneo-Samsic), Alessandro De Marchi and Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing), Rory Sutherland (UAE Team Emirates), and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) were the brave riders on Saturday that formed the breakaway. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Imagess) Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) showed his face early in the stage, but he would ultimately abandon the race. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Defending Paris-Nice champion Sergio Henao (Sky) will have to attack on Sunday’s final stage, as he didn’t have the legs to follow the top finishers on Saturday. He sits eighth overall nearly a minute down. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images The riders were either descending or climbing throughout the stage. Five categorized climbs were tackled on stage seven. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Australian national road champion Alex Edmondson (Mitchelton-Scott) spent kilometer after kilometer on the front of the peloton in support of his team leader Simon Yates. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images The breakaway looked set to start the final climb all together, but De Marchi and Pantano crashed on the descent. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images After the crash of De Marchi and Pantano, the breakaway split and just Gallopin, Moinard, and Roche began the final climb together. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) had many teammates around him on the final climb, but he was marked heavily by the other general classification contenders. Sanchez appeared to be looking good, but it turned out not be a good day for him. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Roman Kreuziger (Mitchelton-Scott) lifted the pace in the favorites group late on the final climb. His pace cracked the yellow jersey. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) Soon after Kreuziger’s acceleration, Simon Yates attacked. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) was the only rider able to follow the Briton’s initial acceleration. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took an emphatic victory on Saturday. It was the first summit finish victory of his career. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) charged toward the line and nabbed second place away from Izagirre. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) looked set to be the next wearer of the yellow jersey after Sanchez faltered, but the Frenchman just couldn’t follow the final accelerations. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Yates will have his hands full defending the yellow jersey on Sunday around Nice. The final stage of Paris-Nice is always an attacking affair. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) never shies away from going in the breakaway. He leads the King of the Mountains classification with one day to go. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images