Henao holds top 10 as Poels crashes out of Paris-Nice

09 Mar 2018

Henao holds top 10 as Poels crashes out of Paris-Nice

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Sergio Henao moved up to eighth place at Paris-Nice on stage six, but Wout Poels was sadly forced to abandon the race following a crash.

The pace picked up on the Cote de la Colle sur Loup, with attacks among the general classification contenders on the steep slopes. Poels and Henao took it in turns to up the pace, but as the race plunged onto the fast descent into Vence Poels crashed out of second place overall.
 
The Dutchman headed to the hospital where x-rays confirmed a broken left collarbone in addition to abrasions.
 
Henao was forced to dig deep in a tough finish. The Colombian national champion tried to bridge across to a move from Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), but briefly lost ground to a larger group of contenders.
 
Strong work from David de la Cruz ensured Henao regained contact ahead of the finish, and he sits 46 seconds back on leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) with two stages to go.
 
Heading into the final kilometre Rudy Mollard (Groupama-FDJ) chipped clear to win the stage by two seconds, with Henao crossing the line 10th and De La Cruz 13th.
 
Earlier Team Sky had committed numbers to the front and set a strong tempo on the Cote de Gourdon through Ian Stannard and Dylan van Baarle.
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After the stage Sport Director Gabriel Rasch talked us through the final kilometres. He said: “The guys went down a pretty steep descent and the race was full on. I’m not sure what happened but Wout couldn’t make the corner and hit the barriers. He’s now at the hospital being checked over and our medical team is with him.
 
“Sergio looked good. He had to pay for some of the work he was doing in the last four kilometres but he looked strong. We’ll go all in for him now.” 
Stage six result:

1. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) 4:40:05
2. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)
5. Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)
10. Sergio Henao (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) 22:25:33
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +22"
3. Marc Soler (Movistar) +26"
4. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) +34"
5. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) +35"
8. Sergio Henao (Team Sky) +46"
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