A short, but tough 115km stage closed the 2017 edition of Paris-Nice. A round of breakaway attempts were made in the early stages of the race, but it was a five man group that managed to eventually go clear. They were soon joined by 17 chasers and Michael Matthews seized the opportunity to bridge across and take the intermediate sprint at Levens. The group went on to take a lead as high as four minutes but when counter attacks came from the breakaway and Michael lost contact with the leaders, then joining Warren Barguil and Sam Oomen in the yellow jersey group. The final 10km saw no pause to the action. A brutal chase and final injection of pace from the peloton proved not to be enough to reach the leaders and Michael finished the day in 6th place. Warren Barguil finishes Paris-Nice 8th overall.
Warren Barguil was pleased with the weeks racing and said: “Paris-Nice was a really hard week for me but with a lot of support from the team I was able to save energy every day. Today was ok and again the whole team helped me. Especially Sam who when I was getting dropped closed the gap straight away, he has really showed how strong he is for his age this week. I am very happy with my result at Paris-Nice.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “Today we aimed to keep the 9th position for Warren in the GC whilst keeping an eye on Gallopin. Warren had a good day and could take the step up to 8th which is a result that we can be absolutely satisfied with. Looking back on the whole week I can conclude that we as a team did a really good job. We saw strong individual performances from both Warren, but also Sam who proved he can be a very important helper in the mountains.”