Monday 18 December 2017

Roche moves up six positions


TEAM SKY took a one-two on the fourth stage of Paris-Nice yesterday as Richie Porte crossed the line just ahead of Geraint Thomas.

The British team showed their strength on the final climb of the Croix de Chaubouret and the pair punched the air after both making valuable moves towards the yellow jersey.

Ireland's Nicholas Roche moved up six positions in the overall general classification to 33rd.

The pack had already thinned out considerably when Welshman Thomas made his big move with three kilometres to go of the longest stage of the race.

Australian Porte then kicked away one kilometre from the finish and it was only Thomas who was able to go with him.

Michal Kwiatkowski was third, eight seconds adrift, and that was enough for the Pole to reclaim the overall race lead by a single second, with Porte now next in line and Thomas another two seconds behind in third.

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