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Ligthart is King of the mountains in Paris-Nice

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19/03/2014

The 72nd edition of Paris-Nice has finished. The race ended with stage from Nice to Nice. A select group battled for victory. Tony Gallopin was one of them, but unfortunately he was involved in a crash at 300 meters from the finish line. Because the crash took place within the last three kilometers, it didn't have any consequences for GC. Luckily Tony Gallopin doesn't have any severe physical consequences of his crash. Gallopin finished Paris-Nice on place 10, at 41" of winner Carlos Betancur.

Pim Ligthart goes home with the polka dot jersey, as overall winner of the mountain classification. In the 7th stage he picked up many points as member of a long breakaway.

Mario Aerts, sports director: "After the Three Grand Tours, Paris-Nice is one of the most important stage races. Pim Ligthart winning the polka dot jersey is a great performance. He didn't get it for free, he had to work hard for it."

"Unfortunately Tony Gallopin crashed in the last hectometers of Paris-Nice. He was positioned in the wheel of Rojas, who became second today. With a place in top three Tony could have picked up bonification seconds and that way he could have moved up in the GC. Top ten was the goal, but in retrospect we could have finished better. On Friday Tony lost 13" and that's a pity because the differences are small."

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