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Yates takes Paris-Nice stage six

Briton Simon Yates came home alone in Friday's sixth stage of the Paris-Nice with France's Julian Alaphilippe retaining the leader's yellow jersey.

Orica rider Yates crossed the line 17sec up on Colombian Sergio Henao who gained a dozen seconds on fourth-placed Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe heads the general classification from his compatriot Tony Gallopin, over half a minute adrift, with Henao 46sec away in third.

Yates made a decisive move on the penultimate climb 20km from the finish of the near 200km ride between Aubagne and Fayence.

The 24-year-old brother of last year's Tour de France fourth Adam Yates moves up to eighth overall at 1min37sec.

"There's still a lot of time to take away from Julian Alaphilippe but he's such a phenomenal rider. He's one of the best riders of our generation,” said Yates.

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Alaphilippe lost time when unable to stay with Henao when the South American reeled in a breakaway from Australian Richie Porte.

"It was hard, I had cramp at the foot of the climb," the Frenchman revealed.

"He (Henao) is going to be a serious rival tomorrow."

Saturday's 177km seventh and penultimate stage concludes with a 15.7km climb up to the 1678m col de la Couillole, the highest finish in the race's 75-year history.

"A rider like Henao can build up gaps on a long climb like that, but he's not the only one, I have out watch out for others too," observed Alpaphilippe.


1. Simon Yates (GBR/ ORS) 4:37:51
2. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (COL/ SKY) +17
3. Richie Porte (AUS/ BMC) +26
4. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/ QST) +29
5. Daniel Martin (IRL/ QST) +29
6. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (ESP/ TBM) +32
7. Jakob Fuglsang (DEN/ AST) +32
8. Alberto Contador Velasco (ESP/ TFS) +32
9. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/ KAT) +32
10. Tony Gallopin (FRA/ LTS) +32
11. Diego Ulissi (ITA/ UAD) +39
12. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (ESP/ MOV) +39
13. Warren Barguil (FRA/ SUN) +39
14. Patrick Konrad (AUT/ BOH) +58
15. Sam Oomen (NED/ SUN) +1:05
16. Nicholas Roche (IRL/ BMC) +1:41
17. Mikel Nieve Iturralde (ESP/ SKY) +2:24
18. Jan Polanc (SLO/ UAD) +3:47
19. Nicolas Edet (FRA/ COF) +3:50
20. Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (COL/ TFS) +3:50
31. Serge Pauwels (BEL/ DDD) +5:58
37. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/ DDD) +6:17
82. Youcef Reguigui (ALG/ DDD) +18:08
86. Benjamin King (USA/ DDD) +18:08
111. Omar Fraile Matarranz (ESP/ DDD) +23:28
119. Natnael Berhane (ERI/ DDD) +23:28
153. Tyler Farrar (USA/ DDD) +24:51


1. Julian Alaphilippe (France/ QST) 21:58:22
2. Tony Gallopin (France/ LTS) +36
3. Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Colombia/ SKY) +46
4. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spain/ MOV) +57
5. Daniel Martin (Ireland/ QST) +1:20
6. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia/ KAT) +1:31
7. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain/ TFS) +1:34
8. Simon Yates (Great Britain/ ORS) +1:37
9. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain/ TBM) +2:04
10. Warren Barguil (France/ SUN) +3:08
11. Philippe Gilbert (Belgium/ QST) +6:41
12. Rudy Molard (France/ FDJ) +7:25
13. Romain Hardy (France/ FVC) +9:59
14. Bram Tankink (Netherlands/ TLJ) +14:50
15. Richie Porte (Australia/ BMC) +15:54
16. Sam Oomen (Netherlands/ SUN) +17:53
17. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark/ AST) +18:18
18. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands/ TLJ) +18:51
19. Nicholas Roche (Ireland/ BMC) +19:26
20. Yves Lampaert (Belgium/ QST) +19:37
73. Kristian Sbaragli (Italy/ DDD) +40:33
77. Serge Pauwels (Belgium/ DDD) +41:02
122. Benjamin King (United States/ DDD) +52:19
142. Youcef Reguigui (Algeria/ DDD) +59:07
148. Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spain/ DDD) +1:03:14
152. Natnael Berhane (Eritrea/ DDD) +1:04:37
155. Tyler Farrar (United States/ DDD) +1:14:58


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